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Papers — John Tyler (1790 - 1862)


John Tyler

The majority of John Tyler's papers were destroyed in the Civil War. Most of what remains is housed at the Library of Congress and is available on microfilm. Many of the papers in the Library of Congress collection were published in a three volume set by Tyler's son Lyon between 1884-1896, The Letters and Times of the Tylers. This set of volumes, which was reprinted in 1970 by Da Capo press, remains the best source for published Tyler material.

The best source for unpublished Tyler material is the Library of Congress microfilm collection. The microfilm is available at different institutions around the United States, including Alderman Library at the University of Virginia through which the Scripps Library has access.

  • Papers (Library of Congress, 3 reels).

For the official papers of Tyler 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.