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Free Library of Philadelphia

Rare Book Department

Central Library

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

http://www.freelibrary.org/about/index.htm

Description:

The mission of the Free Library of Philadelphia is to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity. Its vision is to build an enlightened community devoted to lifelong learning. Founded in 1891 as the city’s first public library system, its Rare Book Department, among the largest in American public libraries, exists to serve the people of Philadelphia, as well as the students, scholars, and researchers who use its collections.

 

Description from: http://libwww.freelibrary.org/rarebooks/

Categories: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama,

Collections:
Norman H. and Charlotte Strouse collection of letters of the presidents
The Free Library of Philadelphia collection of historical mss., 1347-1974

Note that this is an incomplete collections list. Please contact the organization directly for the most current information about their holdings.


Norman H. and Charlotte Strouse collection of letters of the presidents

This is a collection of manuscript letters of presidents of the United States dating from 1780 to 1993 collected by Norman H. Strouse. All of the presidents are represented except for Abraham Lincoln, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan. The letters and other documents relating to Abraham Lincoln have been separated into their own collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Older letters are generally more substantive, with more recent letters mostly being short notes of thanks.

Some highlights of the collection are published volumes with inscriptions by Theodore Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, and Richard Nixon. There are also printed copies of "Report upon Weights and Measures" (1821) and "Eulogy on James Madison" (1836), both signed by John Quincy Adams; an autograph book with signatures of presidents, cabinet secretaries, senators, and other politicians; Bushrod Washington's Supreme Court Commission, signed by John Adams (1798); a framed photograph of Norman Strouse; a signed framed photograph of Herbert Hoover; and transcriptions of letters of George Washington (the originals are not in the collection).

The varied nature of this collection limits how useful it will be to researchers. However, because these are documents relating to the presidents of the United States, the likelihood that an individual item (or a short run of related items) could be of interest is high.

Size
2.4 linear feet

Presidential content includes:

This collection contains information about all 43 presidents.

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The Free Library of Philadelphia collection of historical mss., 1347-1974

Letters and documents, chiefly relating to American history.

Includes material on the early national period, 1783-1815, Jay's treaty, 1794, the Civil War, and United States presidents in all periods. Significant correspondents, signers of treaties, etc. include John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Chester A. Arthur, James Buchanan, Grover Cleveland, Calvin Coolidge, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Millard Fillmore, Gerald Ford, James A. Garfield, Ulysses S. Grant, Alexander Hamilton, Warren G. Harding, Benjamin Harrison, William Henry Harrison, Rutherford B. Hayes, Herbert Hoover, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Johnson, Lyndon B. Johnson.

John F. Kennedy, Rufus King, Abraham Lincoln, James Madison, William McKinley, James Monroe, Richard M. Nixon, Timothy Pickering, Franklin Pierce, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Thomas Pinckney, James K. Polk, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Zachary Taylor, Harry S. Truman, John Tyler, Martin Van Buren, George Washington, and Woodrow Wilson.

 

This is a varied collection of historical manuscripts obtained by the Free Library of Philadelphia over the course of its history. The collection dates from 1347 to 1969 and is primarily an autograph collection. The collection includes American, British, and European materials; the majority of the items are American. There are typewritten transcriptions of some of the letters in the collection.

 

The nature of the collection makes the possible uses for the collection as a whole limited. However, because of the historical importance of the writers, the likelihood that any individual item could be of interest to researchers is high. The John Jay letters constitute a small but rich set of historically important documents.

 

The creation of the electronic guide for this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.

 

Description here from and itemized list available in finding aid: http://libwww.freelibrary.org/ead/view.cfm?name=HistMss

Size
595 items

Presidential content includes:

This collection contains information about all 43 presidents.

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