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Zachary Taylor Papers (1784 - 1850)

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Zachary Taylor

The majority of Zachary Taylor's papers were destroyed in the Civil War. Most of what remains can be found in two collections. In 1908 William Samson edited a volume of Zachary Taylor letters relating to the Mexican War. The other significant collection of Taylor papers is housed at the Library of Congress and is available on microfilm.

  • Letters of Zachary Taylor from the Battlefields of the Mexican War 1 vol.

The Library of Congress 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.

  • Zachary Taylor Papers (Library of Congress, 2 reels).

For the official papers of Taylor 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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