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University of Michigan—William L. Clements Library

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University of Michigan

William L. Clements Library

909 South University Avenue

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

Description:

The William L. Clements Library houses original resources for the study of American history and culture from the fifteenth through the nineteenth century. Its mission is to collect and preserve primary source materials, to make them available for research, and to support and encourage scholarly investigation of our nation’s past.

http://clements.umich.edu/

Categories: Andrew Jackson, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, James Buchanan,

Collections:
Lewis Cass papers, 1774-1924
William Tell Claude editorials 1846-1849
Seth A. B. Keeney collection, 1842-1858
James G. Birney papers, 1816-1884

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


Lewis Cass papers, 1774-1924

3 linear feet.
The collection is open for research.
The Lewis Cass papers contain the political and governmental letters and writings of Lewis Cass, American army officer in the War of 1812, governor and senator from Michigan, American diplomat to France, secretary of war in the Andrew Jackson administration, secretary of state under James Buchanan, and Democratic candidate for President. These papers span Cass' entire career and include letters, speeches, financial documents, memoranda, literary manuscripts, newspaper clippings, and a travel diary. In addition to documenting his political and governmental career, the collection contains material concerning relations between the United States and Native Americans, and Cass' role in presidential politics.
Lewis Cass papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan.
Finding aid available via World Wide Web at URL

Lewis Cass papers, 1774-1924.

Size
3 linear feet

Presidential content includes:

- Andrew Jackson

- James Buchanan

- John Tyler

- Zachary Taylor

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William Tell Claude editorials 1846-1849

216 p.
The collection is open for research.
The William Tell Claude manuscript contains all of Claude's editorial columns written between December, 1846 and June, 1849, probably for the Maryland Republican.
William Tell Claude editorials, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan

 

From the finding aid: During the 1840s, William Tell Claude wrote a semi-weekly column for a Whig newspaper in Annapolis, Md., probably the Maryland Republican, commenting on local, state, and national affairs. A fiery writer and editor, Claude adopted the quintessentially Whiggish love of internal improvement and public support of private enterprise, and expressed a progressive outlook on a number of contemporary issues, including the abolition of capital punishment and opposition to the "war of conquest" raging in Mexico. Not surprisingly, given that he worked in Maryland, Claude fell silent on the issue of slavery.

 

During the election of 1848, Claude labored ceaselessly in support of Whig candidates, praising their principles, accomplishments, and experience, and he was unrelenting in his gloating approval of the party's successful presidential candidate, Zachary Taylor. At the same time that he waved the Whig banner, Claude never shrank from attacking the opposition, waving his editorial dagger freely in the direction of the rival Democratic Standard.

http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/f/findaid/findaid-idx?c=clementsmss;idno=umich-wcl-M-2195cla

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/248940868

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Zachary Taylor

- Millard Fillmore

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Seth A. B. Keeney collection, 1842-1858

24 items.
The collection is open for research.
This collection is made up of correspondence, documents, and essays related to Seth A. B. Keeney. The materials pertain to politics, education, the legal profession, and religion.
Seth A. B. Keeney collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan.
Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

From the finding aid: Seth A. B. Keeney attended the Wesleyan Academy in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, in the mid-1840s, and then studied at a law school in Ballston Spa, New York. He later lived in Waterbury, Connecticut

This collection (24 items) is made up of correspondence, documents, and essays related to Seth A. B. Keeney. The Correspondence and Documents series (19 items) includes letters that Keeney received from acquaintances in Massachusetts and Connecticut during the 1840s and 1850s. Many of his correspondents discussed political issues, sharing their opinions about Zachary Taylor, the Connecticut state Democratic Party, and European politics, particularly around 1848. One letter refers to the author's desire to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Other writers mentioned aspects of the legal profession and the law school at Ballston Spa, New York. One of the documents pertains to Keeney's standing within his class at the Wesleyan Academy of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, in 1846.


http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/f/findaid/findaid-idx?c=clementsmss;idno=umich-wcl-M-2662a2kee

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/881259765

Size
24 items

Presidential content includes:

- Zachary Taylor

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James G. Birney papers, 1816-1884

5 linear feet.
The collection is open for research.
The James G. Birney papers consist of the personal, political, and professional letters of James Birney, a Kentucky slaveholder, Alabama politician, anti-slavery activist, and presidential candidate. The collection is particularly strong in Birney's political activities with the American Colonization Society, the American Anti-Slavery Society, and the Liberty Party; his role as an abolitionist writer and as the founder and editor of "The Philanthropist"; and his personal communications with his family and friends.
James G. Birney papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan.
Portions of the collection have been microfilmed.
Finding aid available via World Wide Web at URL: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/f/findaid/findaid-idx?c=clementsmss;idno=umich-wcl-M-399bir
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/758450179

Size
5 linear feet

Presidential content includes:

- James Buchanan

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