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James Garfield Papers (1831 - 1881)

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James Garfield

Published sources for James Garfield's papers are relatively limited. Michigan State University Press has published Garfield's diary in 4 volumes. The only published collections of Garfield's letters are single volume, subject specific editions of his correspondence. The most comprehensive collection of Garfield material is the Library of Congress collection of his papers which is available in microfilm.

  • The Diary of James A. Garfield (1848-1881) 4 vols.
  • Politics and Patronage in the Gilded Age: The Correspondence of James A. Garfield and Charles E. Henry. (1862-1881) Correspondence between Garfield and his chief political advisor.
  • The Wild Life of the Army: Civil War Letters of James A. Garfield.
  • Crete and James: Personal Letters of Lucretia and James Garfield. (1853-1881) Correspondence between Garfield and his wife.

The Library of Congress microfilm collection is available at a number of institutions throughout the United States; please contact the Scripps Library for more information about its location and availability.

  • James A. Garfield Papers (Library of Congress, 177 reels).

For the official papers of Garfield 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.

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