The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest and most comprehensive
presidential library. The Library has in its custody the papers
of twenty-three presidents, including those men who founded the
nation and led it through some of its greatest crises. Among these
papers are key documents relating to the early presidential inaugurations.
A special installation within the American Treasures exhibition
presents more than forty of these items including photographs,
manuscripts, campaign posters, letters, broadsides, and inaugural
speeches. This unique selection of items offers a glimpse into
the history of American presidential inaugurations. Eighteen presidents
will be featured in the display--George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,
Andrew Jackson, William Harrison, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor,
James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B.
Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley,
Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D.
Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.
The physical exhibit will be on view at the Library through May