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James Madison Papers (1751 - 1836)

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James Madison

A comprehensive collection of James Madison papers is currently being published by the University of Virginia Press. The Madison project was started at the University of Chicago in 1956 where the first 10 volumes were published. The University of Virginia took over the project in 1977. The papers are divided into 4 series: Congressional, Secretary of State, Presidential, and Retirement. Please visit The Papers of James Madison website for more information about the University of Virginia's Madison project.

  • Congressional Series (1751-1801) 17 vols.
  • Secretary of State Series (1801-1809). The Secretary of State Series is currently in progress.
  • Presidential Series (1809-1817) The Presidential Series is currently in progress.
  • Retirement Series (1817-1836). The Retirement Series is currently in progress.
  • For published material not yet covered by the University of Virginia project, see Gaillard Hunt's 9 volume collection of outgoing correspondence, The Writings of James Madison, published between 1900-1910. For a one-volume compilation, see the Marvin Meyer's The Mind of the Founder: Sources of the Political Thought of James Madison.

    For the official papers of Madison 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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