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Papers — William H. Taft (1857 - 1930)


William H. Taft

The most important collection of works for Taft is the Collected Works of William Howard Taft. The eight-volume set includes all of Taft's published works as well as his presidential and state addresses and selected court opinions from his time as chief justice of the Supreme Court.

For unpublished papers, the best source is the Library of Congress microfilm collection. This 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.

  • Papers of William H. Taft (Library of Congress, 658 reels).

For the official papers of Taft 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.