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Martin Van Buren Papers (1782 - 1862)

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Martin Van Buren

The best source for Martin Van Buren papers is the microfilm collection produced by Chadwyck-Healey in 1989. This collection includes all known Van Buren papers (including what is available in the Library of Congress microfilm collection) and is accompanied by the Guide and Index to the Papers of Martin van Buren. The Chadwyck-Healey collection is available at a number of institutions throughout the United States; please contact the Scripps Library about its location and availability. Not as comprehensive, but possibly more readily available is the Library of Congress microfilm collection. Another potential source for Van Buren papers is in his correspondence with Andrew Jackson.

  • The Papers of Martin Van Buren (Chadwyck-Healey, 55 reels).
  • Papers (Library of Congress, 35 reels).

For the official papers of Van Buren 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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