A full bibliography of writings about Franklin and his thought would require a large volume; a bibliography of his times and of the influences on his thought would fill several volumes. The following annotated list includes only the most pertinent and useful works.
LABAREE, LEONARD W., et al. (eds.). The Papers of Benjamin Franklin. 7 vols. ( 1706-58) to date. New Haven, 1959-----. The standard edition which, when complete, will supersede all others. Includes all of Franklin's writings and, so far, all letters written to him. Fully annotated.
SMYTH, ALBERT H. (ed.). The Writings of Benjamin Franklin. 10 vols. New York, 1905-07. The best completed edition of Franklin's writings, still necessary for documents not yet printed in The Papers of Benjamin Franklin.
FARRAND, MAX (ed.). Benjamin Franklin's Memoirs Parallel Text Edition. Berkeley, 1949. Printed in parallel columns, the four significant sources for Franklin's autobiography; fullest study of textual problems.
LABAREE, LEONARD W., et al. (eds.). The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin