| Compiled by Kenneth Drexler, Digital Reference Specialist
The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the presidential election of 1868, including manuscripts, broadsides, prints, political cartoons, sheet music, newspaper articles, and government documents. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the presidential election of 1868 that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the 1868 election and a selected bibliography.
1868 Presidential Election Results 
Ulysses S. Grant
Francis P. Blair, Jr.
Library of Congress Web Site | External Web Sites | Selected Bibliography
America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets
For most of the nineteenth century, Americans learned the latest songs from printed song sheets. Not to be confused with sheet music, song sheets are single printed sheets, usually six-by-eight inches, with lyrics but no music.
An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera
The Printed Ephemera collection comprises 28,000 primary-source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history. While the broadside format represents the bulk of the collection, there are a significant number of leaflets and some pamphlets.
- Address of Gen. W. C. Wickham, delivered before the Grant and Colfax ratification meeting, held in the City of Richmond, Va., August 25th, 1868
- Address of the Printers' Grant and Colfax club of the District of Columbia. Washington D. C. Gibson Brothers, printers 
- Election Tuesday Nov. 3, 1868. Ward 14. Ward Room Gun House, Putnam Street
- Freedom's campaign songs. No. 1-4. New York. Published by the National printing Co. 1868
- "Out of their own mouths shall they be condemned." Soldiers and sailors, look to your interests. Grant and Colfax. Published by the Soldiers' and sailors' National Republican executive committee. Washington, D. C. 
- For President, Gen'l U. S. Grant. National Union Club, No. 1105 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia ... Philadelphia. King & Baird printers, No. 607 Sansom Street 
- Seymour and Blair! ... National Democratic campaign song
- Seymour and universal taxation. The workingman's cart subject to equal taxation with the rich man's coach ... Washington, D. C. Printed at the office of The Great republic [1868?]
- Sir: You are respectfully invited to attend a meeting of Republicans of Ward 5, at Phillips Hall (Mercantile building,) Summer street on Friday evening next, August 28th at 7.5 o'clock, for the purpose of organizing a Grant & Colfax Club.
- Sixteen reasons why our Republican party should not run Gen. Grant for president in 1868. [Sixteen reasons] American Republicans. [n. p. 1867?]
- Spirit of the campaign. Number two. The candidates, and the doctrines of the two parties. [Washington, D. C. 1868?]
- Union Republican ticket. Grant and Colfax. Electoral ticket for presidential electors. Joseph R. Hawley, William Fitch, Clark Holt, Luther Boardman, Henry Bill. George Dudley. [Nov. 1868]
A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875
This collection consists of published congressional records of the United States of America from 1774 to 1875.
Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920
The Historic American Sheet Music collection presents 3,042 pieces of sheet music drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University, which holds an important, representative, and comprehensive collection of nineteenth and early twentieth century American sheet music.
The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals
This collection presents twenty-three popular periodicals digitized by Cornell University Library and the Preservation Reformatting Division of the Library of Congress.
This site allows you to search and view millions of historic American newspaper pages from 1836-1922. Search this collection to find newspaper articles about the presidential election of 1868.
A selection of articles on the 1868 presidential election includes:
- "Grant and Colfax Nominated," Vermont Daily Transcript, May 22, 1868.
- "New York Convention. How Seymour was Nominated--A Scene of Democratic Enthusiasm and Disorder," The Evening Telegraph, July 9, 1868.
- "Grant and Seymour," The Hancock Jeffersonian, October 9, 1868.
- "The Victory. The Result. Let Us Have Peace." St. Johnsbury Caledonian, November 6, 1868.
Voices, Votes, Victory: Presidential Campaign Songs
This exhibition presents a sampling of the rich collection of campaign songs housed in the Music Division of the Library of Congress. From pocket-sized songsters to sheet music, the wide variety of subjects reflect virtually every party platform and national issue on which presidential elections have focused.
Performing Arts Encyclopedia (PAE)
The PAE is a guide to performing arts resources at the Library of Congress and provides information about the Library's unsurpassed collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, and other materials. The PAE includes twelve pieces of sheet music from the 1868 presidential election.
Pictorial Americana: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library of Congress
Pictorial Americana, a Library of Congress publication, contains a chapter listing selected images related to the 1868 presidential election.
Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Search PPOC using the following subject headings to find additional prints, political cartoons, and other digital images related to the presidential election of 1868. In addition, try searching by keywords and by names of candidates.
- Blair, Frank P.--(Frank Preston),--1821-1875
- Colfax, Schuyler,--1823-1885
- Grant, Ulysses S., as presidential candidate
- Grant, Ulysses S.--(Ulysses Simpson),--1822-1885
- Presidential elections--United States--1860-1870
- Seymour, Horatio,--1810-1886
- Seymour, Horatio, as presidential candidate
The American Presidency Project: Election of 1868
The American Presidency Project Web site presents election results from the 1868 presidential election. This site also contains the Democratic Party Platform and the Republican Party Platform of 1868.
HarpWeek: The Presidential Elections 1860-1912
This HarpWeek Web site features political cartoons from Harper's Weekly, Leslie's Illustrated Weekly, Vanity Fair, Puck, Judge, and American Political Prints, 1766-1876: A Catalog of the Collections in the Library of Congress. It provides explanations of the historical context and images of each cartoon, campaign overviews, biographical sketches, a review of the era's major issues, and other valuable information related to the 1868 presidential election.
Primary Sources: Campaign Literature
Official Proceedings of the National Democratic Convention, Held at New York, July 4-9, 1868 / Reported by George Wakeman, Official Reporter of the Convention. Boston: Rockwell & Rollins, printers, 1868. [Catalog Record] [Full Text]
Presidential Election, 1868: Proceedings of the National Union Republican Convention, Held at Chicago, May 20 and 21, 1868 / Reported by Ely, Burnham & Bartlett, Chicago, Official Reporters of the Convention. Chicago: Evening Journal Print, 1868. [Catalog Record] [Full Text]
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