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Papers — Franklin Pierce (1804 - 1869)


Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce papers are relatively scarce. The most significant collections available are housed at the Library of Congress and the New Hampshire Historical Society. Both collections are available together in the Library of Congress microfilm collection of Pierce papers. The bulk of these two collections, however, are pre-Presidential materials. Some Presidential material can be found in a Perman Orman Ray article in American Historical Review 10 (1904-05): 110-127, 350-370. Both this journal and the Library of Congress microfilm collection are 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.

  • Papers (Library of Congress, 7 reels).

For the official papers of Pierce 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.