U.S. Presidential History Resources – Microtext

United States Presidential History Resources in the UW-Milwaukee Libraries Microtext Research Collection

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John Adams 1797-1801 (Federalist)

John Quincy Adams 1825-1829 (Democratic-Republican)

Adams Papers, Microfilms of
Massachusetts Historical Society
(MF) E 01 (608 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) E 322.1 M4 1954.

This collection includes the public and private papers of President John Adams (1735-1826) and President John Quincy Adams(1767-1848). View a selection from John Adam’s papers at the Avalon Project: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/adamspap.asp and http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/archive/

Chester Alan Arthur 1881-1885 (Republican)

Chester A. Arthur Papers
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
(MF) CD 03 (3 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) Z 8045 .O3 U5x 1965.

Grover Cleveland 1885-1889 & 1893-1897 (Democrat)

Grover Cleveland Papers
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
(MF) CD 03 (164 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) Z 8175 .7x U5 1965.

Calvin Coolidge 1923-1929 (Republican)

Calvin Coolidge Papers
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
(MF) CD 03 (190 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) Z 8191 .5x U5 1965.

Documents from the Coolidge Papers, among others, form the basis for the Library of Congress exhibit, Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/coolhtml/coolhome.html

Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953-1961 (Republican)

Dwight D. Eisenhower Administration Project
Columbia University Oral History Collection Part III
(MC) E 17 (200 microfiche).
Guide: (MFC) AI 3 .07 pt. 1 1979.

This oral-history project “…has gathered firsthand testimony from those who played major roles in the Eisenhower Administration (1953-1961), as well as the recollections of observers and of those knowledgeable about special aspects.” An alphabetical index to 380 interviews can be found at Alexander Street Press In the First Person: http://www.inthefirstperson.com/firp/index.shtml

Minutes and Documents of the Cabinet Meetings of President Eisenhower (1953-1961)
Presidential Documents Series
(MF) E 183 (10 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) E 835 .G95x 1980.

Minutes of Telephone Conversations of John Foster Dulles and of Christian Herter (1953-61)
Presidential Documents Series
(MF) E 184 (11 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) E 835 .G95x 1980.

James Abram Garfield 1881 (Republican)

Index to James A. Garfield Papers
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
Presidents’ Papers Index Series
(MFC) Z 6616 .G34 U5 1973. Microfilm can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Ulysses Simpson Grant 1869-1877 (Republican)

Ulysses S. Grant Papers
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
(MF) CD 03 (32 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) Z 8365 .7x U5 1965.

View one document from the collection at Words and Deeds in American History:
http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/mcc:@field(DOCID+@lit(mcc/017))

Benjamin Harrison 1889-1893 (Republican)

Benjamin Harrison Papers
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
(MF) CD 03 (151 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) Z 8387 .8x U5 1964.

William Henry Harrison 1841 (Whig)

William Henry Harrison Papers
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
(MF) CD 03 (3 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) Z 8397.97 U5x 1960.

Papers of William Henry Harrison, 1800-1815
Indiana Historical Society
(MF) E 209 (10 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) E 392.H37x 1999.

Andrew Jackson 1829-1837 (Democrat)

Andrew Jackson Papers
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
(MF) CD 03 (78 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) Z 8443 .U5x 1967.

Thomas Jefferson 1801-1809 (Democratic-Republican)

Thomas Jefferson Papers
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
(MFC) E 208 (65 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) Z6616.J4 U5 1976.

View the Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress American Memory Web site: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/jefferson_papers/ 

Correspondence of Jefferson and Du Pont de Nemours, with an Introduction on Jefferson and the Physiocrats
(MF) E 23 (1 microfilm reel).

Library of Thomas Jefferson
(MC) E 4 (2,000 microfiche).

A collection of 680 items from Jefferson’s library covering topics such as history, fine arts and law. Search the online catalog by series title for an alphabetical list of all titles.

Learn more about Thomas Jefferson and the history of his library at the exhibit Thomas Jefferson: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/jefferson/ and at the Thomas Jefferson Digital Archive at the University of Virginia Library: http://guides.lib.virginia.edu/TJ

Andrew Johnson 1865-1869 (Democratic/National Union)

Andrew Johnson Papers
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
(MF) CD 03 (55 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) Z 8455.567 U5x.

Lyndon Baines Johnson 1963 – 1969 (Democrat)

Background Materials of the Kerner Report
(MF) E 25 (411 microfilm reels).

This collection of 32 U.S. newspapers published from March to September 1967 provides coverage of the civil disturbances which led President Johnson to form the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disturbances.

Crises in Panama and the Dominican Republic: National Security Files and NSC Histories
Presidential Documents Series
(MF) F 129 (8 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) F 1566.4.U6 G95x 1982.

Daily Diary of President Johnson (1963-1969)
Presidential Documents Series
(MF) E 187 (14 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) E 846.G53x.

Read excerpts from the Diary at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum: http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/johnson/archives.hom/diary/diarycol.asp

Department of Health, Education and Welfare (1963 – 1969): Official History and Documents
Presidential Documents Series
(MF) HV 107 (17 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) HV 85.A554 1984.

History of the Department of Justice (1963-1969)
Presidential Documents Series
(MF) JK 48 (6 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) JK 873.G95x.

History of the Federal Trade Commission (1963-1969)
Presidential Documents Series
(MF) JK 47 (2 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) JK 873.G95x.

Israel : National Security Files (1963-1969)
Presidential Documents Series
(MF) E 189 (3 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) E 183.8 .I7 G95x 1982.

Minutes and Documents of the Cabinet Meetings of President Johnson (1963-1969)
Presidential Documents Series
(MF) E 188 (17 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) E 846.S35x 1982.

War in Vietnam: Classified Histories by the National Security Council (1964-1968)
Presidential Documents Series
(MF) DS 33 (8 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) DS 558 .G53x.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1961-1963 (Democrat)

Appointment Book of President Kennedy (1961-1963)
Presidential Documents Series
(MF) E 186 (3 microfilm reels).Guide: (MFC) E 842.B64x 1982.

Assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Microfilm Documentary
Newspaper and magazine articles about the assassination of President Kennedy.
(MF) E 9 (1 microfilm reel)

President Kennedy and the Press (1961-1963)
Presidential Documents Series
(MF) E 185 (20 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) E 842.B64x 1982.

Abraham Lincoln 1861-1865 (Republican)

Abraham Lincoln Papers
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
(MF) CD 03 (97 microfilm reels).Guide: (MFC) Z 8505 .U5x 1960.

The exhibit Mr. Lincoln’s Virtual Library http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/alhtml/alhome.html features approximately 16,000 images and 10,000 transcriptions from Abraham Lincoln’s Papers at the Library of Congress: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/alhtml/malhome.html

James Madison 1809-1817 (Democratic-Republican)

James Madison Papers
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
(MF) CD 03 (28 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) Z 8540 .U5x 1965.

Learn more about President Madison’s life and papers at: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/madison_papers/index.html 

William McKinley 1897-1901 (Republican)

William McKinley Papers
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
(MF) CD 03 (98 microfilm reels).
Guide : (MFC) Z 8535.5x U5 1963.

Learn more about the McKinley years through the motion pictures featured in The Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/papr/mckhome.html

James Monroe 1817-1825 (Democratic-Republican)

James Monroe Papers
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
(MF) CD 03 (11 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) Z 8587.8 U5x 1963.

Richard Milhous Nixon 1969-1974 (Republican)

The Nixon Administration: Watergate, Impeachment Proceedings, Resignation, Pardon, Past and Present Judicial Proceedings and United Press International News Coverage: A Comprehensive Microfiche Library with Analytic Indexes
(MC) E 12, pt. 1-6 (1,017 microfiche).
Guide: (MFC) E 860 .N58x 1976.

Transcripts and Files of the Paris Peace Talks on Vietnam, 1968-1973
Presidential Documents Series
(MF) DS 34 (12 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) DS 559.7 .S35x.

Franklin Pierce 1853-1857 (Democrat)

Franklin Pierce Papers
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
(MF) CD 03 (7 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) Z8689.9 U5x 1962.

James Knox Polk 1845-1849 (Democrat)

Index to the James K. Polk Papers
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
Presidents’ Papers Index Series
(MFC) Z 8702.6x U5 1969. Microfilm can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Read a letter from the Papers at Words and Deeds in American History:
http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/mcc:@field(DOCID+@lit(mcc/041))

Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1933-1945 (Democrat)

Correspondence from the Papers of Franklin D. Roosevelt Concerning Homer Folks
(MF) E 214 (1 microfilm reel).

Map Room Messages of President Roosevelt (1939-1945)
Presidential Documents Series
(MF) E 178 (9 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) E 806.G53x.

Papers of Eleanor Roosevelt (1933-1945)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library
(MF) E 206 (20 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) E 807.1 .R48 A3 1986.

Learn more about Eleanor Roosevelt at: http://www.gwu.edu/~erpapers/

Presidential Diaries of Henry Morgenthau, Jr. (1938-1945)
Presidential Documents Series
(MF) E 179 (2 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) E 806.G53x.

Reminiscences of Frances Perkins
Columbia University Oral History Collection Part III
(MC) E 17 (61 microfiche).
Guide: (MFC) AI .O7.

Frances Perkins (1880-1965) served as Secretary of Labor under FDR for twelve years. Read the transcript of or listen to her oral-history interviews at: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/digital/collections/nny/perkinsf/audio_transcript.html

Selected Documents from the Papers of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Records of the Democratic National Committee Concerning Wisconsin Politics, 1933-1939
(MF) E 81 (1 microfilm reel).

Selected Documents from the Papers of Franklin D. Roosevelt Concerning Child Labor and the Child Labor Amendment
(MF) KF 37 (1 microfilm reel).

William Howard Taft 1909-1913 (Republican)

Index to the William Howard Taft Papers, v.1-6
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
Presidents’ Papers Index Series
(MFC) Z 8857.87x U5 1972. Microfilm can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Zachary Taylor 1849-1850 (Whig)

Zachary Taylor Papers
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
(MF) CD 03 (2 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) Z 8863.5 U5x 1960.

John Tyler 1841– 1845 (Whig)

John Tyler Papers
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
(MF) CD 03 (3 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) Z 8897.5x U5 1961.

Harry S. Truman 1945-1953 (Democrat)

Map Room Messages of President Truman (1945-1946)
Presidential Documents Series
(MF) E 181 (5 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) E 813 .G54x 1980.

Official Conversations and Meetings of Dean Acheson (1949-1953)
Presidential Documents Series
(MF) E 182 (5 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) E 813 .G53x 1980.

Potsdam Conference Documents (1945)
The Presidential Documents Series
(MF) E 180 (2 microfilm reels).
Guide: ( MFC) E 813.G53x. 1980.

Learn more about the Potsdam Conference at the Avalon Project: A Decade of American Foreign Policy: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/decade17.asp

Martin Van Buren 1837-1841 (Democrat)

Martin Van Buren Papers
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
(MF) CD 03 (35 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) Z 6616 .V33 U5.

Read Andrew Jackson’s letter to Martin Van Buren at Words and Deeds in American History:
http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/mcc:@field(DOCID+@lit(mcc/050))

George Washington 1789-1797

George Washington Papers
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
(MF) CD 03 (124 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) Z 8950 U5x 1964.

The online presentation George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress 1741-1799 contains approximately 152,000 images from the original 65,000 documents in the Papers: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/gwhtml/gwhome.html

Woodrow Wilson 1913-1921 (Democrat)

Index to the Woodrow Wilson Papers. V.1-3
Library of Congress Manuscript Division
Presidents’ Papers Index Series
Guide: (MFC) Z 8976.9 U5x 1973. Microfilm can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Related Resources

Democratic Party National Conventions Proceedings.
Washington D.C. Library of Congress Photoduplication Service.
(MF) JK 23 (9 microfilm reels)

Proceedings of the Democratic National Conventions covering the years 1832-1968. “providing gavel to gavel coverage, including speeches, debates, votes, and party platforms. Also included are lists of names and addresses of convention delegates and alternates. Records of the earliest proceedings are based in part on contemporary newspaper accounts.” Find presidential election returns from the earliest days of the country at A New Nation Votes: American Election Returns 1787-1825

First Ladies and Families

The Library of Congress presidential papers collections often include the papers of presidential wives and family members. See Papers of Presidents and First Ladies: Chronological Highlights at: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/awhhtml/awmss5/chron_high.html  View a webcast featuring a Library of Congress historian discussing his anthology “My Dear President: Letters Between Presidents and Their Wives” at: http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=3851

Jeffersonian Americana
University of Virginia
(MC) E 22 (1,997 microfiche)
Guide: (MFC) E 173 .J4x 1973

Reprint of 708 rare books and pamphlets published between 1485-1836, relating to the colonial, revolutionary and federal periods in American history. Search the online catalog by series title for a complete alphabetical list.

Papers of Albert Gallatin
New York University and Scholarly Resources, Inc.
(MF) E 29 (46 microfilm rolls)
Guide: (MFC) E 302 .G16 1969

Papers of Albert Gallatin, Supplement to the
(MF) E 196 (5 microfilm rolls)
Guide: (MFC) Z 6616 .G33x G4 1985

Albert Gallatin (1761-1849) served as Secretary of the Treasury under two presidents during his long public career. His papers include correspondence with Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, James Madison, and James Monroe.

Papers of Daniel Webster, Microfilm Edition of the
University Microfilms and Dartmouth College Library
(MF) E 30 (41 reels)
Guide: (MFC) E 337.8 .W369x 1971.

During his distinguished public career, Daniel Webster (1782-1852) was appointed Secretary of State by two presidents. His extensive papers contain correspondence with seven American presidents, chiefly, John Tyler and Millard Fillmore.

Republican Party National Conventions Proceedings.
Washington D.C. Library of Congress Photoduplication Service.
(MF) JK 24 (7 microfilm reels)

Proceedings of the Republican National Conventions covering the year 1856-1968. “providing gavel to gavel coverage of the conventions, including speeches, debates, votes, and party platforms. Also included are lists of names and addresses of convention delegates and alternates. Records of the earliest proceedings are based in part on contemporary newspaper accounts.” Find presidential election returns from the earliest days of the country at A New Nation Votes: American Election Returns 1787-1825

Spiro T. Agnew Case: The Investigative and Legal Documents
(MF) KF 34 (3 microfilm reels).
Guide: (MFC) KF 224 .A56x G95.

Presidential History & Libraries

Links to the twelve Presidential libraries can be found at the National Archives: http://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/

Learn more about the presidents, including their papers, at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs: http://millercenter.org/president

Presidential Papers in the Library of Congress

The Manuscript Division holds the papers of twenty-three American presidents. Learn more about the history of the papers and plans to digitize the collection at: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/mcchtml/preshm.html

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