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Special Collections Library
104 Paterno Library
Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/speccolls.html

Description:

The Special Collections Library is located on Penn State's University Park Campus. Here, researchers can find more than 200,000 printed volumes, more than 25 million archival records and manuscripts, and another million photographs, maps, prints, and audio-visual items. Our mission is to provide primary source materials for researchers from Penn State and around the world.

 

Description from: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/speccolls.html

Categories: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Harrison, John Tyler, James Buchanan, Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison,

Collections:
Charlotte Hanes Harding Autographs Collection, 1744-1928
John Strohm Letters Harrisburg, Pa., to Isaac Strohm, Fairfield, Greene County, Ohio, 1838-1841.
Samuel L. Southard papers, 1791-1853.
John M. Crosland. Song of the Union. [manuscript]. 1860
James Buchanan papers, 1811-1865.
Ulysses S. Grant to Prof. G.W. Atherton, 16 Oct. 1875
Albert H. Walker Papers, 1884-1912
Papers of Martin Van Buren Project Records

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


Charlotte Hanes Harding Autographs Collection, 1744-1928

The collection consists of seven engraved portraits, sixty-nine letters, and fifteen autographic documents by notable American and French politicians, presidents, and military leaders. Correspondents include John Quincy Adams, Louis Agassiz, and Lewis Bagot.

 

The collection contains seven engraved portraits, sixty-nine letters, and fifteen autographic documents by notable American and French politicians, presidents, and military leaders. Among the correspondents are John Quincy Adams, Louis Agassiz, Lewis Bagot, Nathaniel Prentiss Banks, Edward Bates, G.T. Beauregard, Louis Bonaparte, Sir David Brewster, William Jennings Bryan, James Buchanan, Ambrose Everett Burnside, John C. Calhoun, Simon Cameron, Peter Cooper, Tench Coxe, George Crook.Also, Stephen Arnold Douglas, Pierre S. Du Pont, Jesse D. Elliott, John Ericsson, Edward Everett, Cyrus W. Field, John W. Forney, Lafayette S. Foster, William Franklin, Frederick T. Frelinghuysen, W.E. Gladstone, Winfield Scott Hancock, Benjamin Harrison, Edwin Higgins, Isaac Hull, William Hicks Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, William T. Kelvin, Liliuokalani, Alfred Mordecai, Levi P. Morton, Napoleon III, Matthew Perry, Robert Cecil Salisbury, William T. Sherman, Thaddeus Stevens, Thomas Swann, John Peter Van Ness, Benjamin West, Joseph Wheeler, and John Lorimer Worden. Documents are signed by John Adams, John Barry, Benjamin F. Butler, Andrew Jackson, Benjamin Lincoln, James Madison, Adrien Maurice Noailles, Jeb Stuart, and George Washington. Includes engraved portraits of John Barry, James Buchanan, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, James Madison, and Martin Van Buren.

 

Description from finding aid: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/findingaids/1587.htm

Size
0.45 cubic feet

Presidential content includes:

- Andrew Jackson

- James Madison

- Thomas Jefferson

- John Quincy Adams

- Benjamin Harrison

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John Strohm Letters Harrisburg, Pa., to Isaac Strohm, Fairfield, Greene County, Ohio, 1838-1841.

In the Historical Collections and Labor Archives, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa. (XXXX-0476H VF).
Unrestricted access.
Pennsylvania state senator Strohm writes on 22 December 1838 about family business and two bodies of legislators claiming to be the state House of Representatives with neither recognized by the Senate; on 23 June 1839 about the Board of Canal Commissioners' repair fund and the presidential candidacy of Martin Van Buren; and on 6 March 1841 about family business and the inauguration of President William Henry Harrison.

 

OCLC Permalink http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/35782661

Size
3 items

Presidential content includes:

- William Harrison

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Samuel L. Southard papers, 1791-1853.

21 items.
In Historical Collections and Labor Archives, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa. (#1992-0026H/HCVF).
Unrestricted access.
This collection is comprised of photocopied correspondence and letters of Samuel L. Southard (1787-1842) dating from 1791 to 1853. Included in the collection is correspondence from United States Presidents Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, James Madison, James Monroe, John Tyler and James Buchanan. Other notable correspondents include Senator Daniel Webster, author James Fennimore Cooper, Vice President John Calhoun, General James O'Hara, and Secretary of War Simon Cameron. There are also several receipts for payments made to Southard, as well as documents from his father, Henry Southard, who served as a U.S. Representative of New Jersey from 1815 to 1821.
Samuel L. Southard (1787-1842) was a prominent U.S. statesman of the early 19th century. He served as a New Jersey Senator from 1821 to 1823, during which time he was a member of the committee that produced the Missouri Compromise. In 1823 President James Monroe selected him to be Secretary of the Navy, and he remained in office under President John Quincy Adams. Under Southard's leadership, the Navy grew by approximately 50% in personnel and expenditures. He became the New Jersey Attorney General in 1829, and briefly served as Governor from 1832 to 1833. Southard became the leader of the Whig Party and became acting Vice President from April 4, 1841 to May 31, 1842 after the death of William Henry Harrison.
 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/233035549

Size
21 items

Presidential content includes:

- Thomas Jefferson

- John Quincy Adams

- James Madison

- John Tyler

- James Buchanan

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John M. Crosland. Song of the Union. [manuscript]. 1860

1 item.
Unrestricted access.
Song sheet entitled "Song of the Union". Written by John M. Crosland of Pennsylvania and dedicated to President James Buchanan; January 1860.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/316937318

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- James Buchanan

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James Buchanan papers, 1811-1865.

0.39 cubic feet.
In Historical Collections and Labor Archives, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa. (#1988-0015H).
The James Buchanan papers cover the entire span of his political career. They consists of a check payable to Joseph Ogelby, 1834; twenty-four letters and one envelope from Buchanan, 1811-1865; five engraved portraits of Buchanan at various stages of his life (two engraved by John Chester Buttre, one from a daguerreotype by Mathew B. Brady; two engraved by Henry Bryan Hall, and one by John Sartain); an 1859 patent for land in Michigan to the widow of John Crocker for his service in the War of 1812; and the appointment of Friedrich Kühne as Vice-Consul of the Duchy of Saxe-Altenburg, 1859.
Among the recipients of letters from Buchanan are Thomas Carson, J.L. Dunn, Thomas L. Elder, James Sturgis Gillan, A. Boyd Hamilton, James Buchanan Henry, Jacob Hibshman, James Kellog, Jr., Joseph C.G. Kennedy, Benjamin Watkins Leigh, David Lynch, William L. Marcy, Henry Augustus Philip Muhlenberg, Nathaniel Niles, V.E. Piolett, Messrs. Stockton and Stokes, William Taggard, and Miss Maria B. Weaver. He also received a letter from Joel R. Poinsett.
James Buchanan was the fifteenth president of the United States (1857-1861), from Lancaster, Pa., and a moderate Democrat whose efforts to find a compromise in the conflict between the North and the South failed to avert the Civil War (1861-1865).
Online EAD finding aid available at http://www.libraries.psu.edu/findingaids/1458.htm
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/49317979

Size
0.39 cubic feet

Presidential content includes:

- James Buchanan

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Ulysses S. Grant to Prof. G.W. Atherton, 16 Oct. 1875

2 p.
In the University Archives/Penn State Room, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa. (MSVF/MGN 6).
Unrestricted access.
U.S. president Ulysses S. Grant writes to George W. Atherton, later Pennsylvania State College president, about seeing him to receive a copy of the Red Cloud investigating committee report.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/32178492

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Ulysses S. Grant

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Albert H. Walker Papers, 1884-1912

Walker, Albert H. (Albert Henry), 1844-1915. Albert Henry Walker, of New York City, published in the area of patent law and about President William Howard Taft. This collection consists principally of three certificates (1912) from the Library of Congress acknowledging Walker's donation of publications about William Taft. It also includes a 1908 acknowledgment from William H. Taft, then at the War Department, to Walker for a legal brief related to musical copyright. An apparently unrelated note (1884) from Russell Sage introduces his nephew Rufus H. Sage to Mr. Humphreys for a job with the Wabash Company.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/232962060

Size
5 items

Presidential content includes:

- William Taft

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Papers of Martin Van Buren Project Records

This collection consists primarily of the research and editorial files for the project to publish on microfilm the complete Papers of Martin Van Buren. Materials include transcripts of Van Buren's correspondence and autobiography, secondary research materials, correspondence with scholars and repositories holding Van Buren letters, indices and finding aids to other microfilmed collections, and copies of government records related to the political offices held by Van Buren.

George W. Franz directed and was co-editor of the Papers of Martin Van Buren Project (1976-1988), collecting and publishing in microfilm format over 13,000 documents of the eighth President of the United States from more than 260 different locations.

Inventory available on website at http://www.libraries.psu.edu/findingaids/321.htm

Size
19 Cubic Feet

Presidential content includes:

- Martin Van Buren
100% of this collection is devoted to Martin Van Buren but appears to contain only secondary materials.

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