Miller Center

Papers — James Buchanan (1791-1868)


James Buchanan

The best published collection of James Buchanan papers is the 12 volume John Bassett Moore edition published between 1908 and 1911. This edition was reprinted by Antiquarian Press in 1960. In 1974 the Historical Society of Pennsylvania produced a comprehensive microfilm collection of Buchanan papers.

  • The Works of James Buchanan (1813-1868) 12 vols.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania microfilm collection is available at a number of different institutions throughout the United States, including Alderman Library at the University of Virginia through which the Scripps Library has access.

For the official papers of Buchanan during his Presidency, see James Richardson's Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents. This retrospective compilation was published in several different editions. The final edition was published in 1918 in 20 volumes. This edition covers the Presidencies of Washington through Taft and includes a significant portion of Wilson's Presidency. The contents of the Compilation are typically limited to official proclamations, addresses, and messages.