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Alexander Hamilton: A Resource Guide

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Alexander Hamilton, head-and-shoulders portrait
Alexander Hamilton, head-and-shoulders portrait.
Photograph of a mural by Constantino Brumidi in the United States Capitol, Washington, D.C.
1 negative: glass. 1904.
Prints & Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:
LC-D416-9860

Alexander Hamilton Papers

The papers of Alexander Hamilton (ca. 1757-1804), first treasury secretary of the United States, consist of his personal and public correspondence, drafts of his writings (although not his Federalist essays), and correspondence among members of the Hamilton and Schuyler families. The collection, consisting of approximately 12,000 items dating from 1708 to 1917, documents Hamilton's impoverished Caribbean boyhood (scantily); events in the lives of his family and that of his wife, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton; his experience as a Revolutionary War officer and aide-de-camp to General George Washington; his terms as a New York delegate to the Continental Congress (1782-1783) and the Constitutional Convention (1787); and his careers as a New York state legislator, United States treasury secretary (1789-1795), political writer, and lawyer in private practice. Most of the papers date from 1777 until Hamilton's death in 1804.

A selection of highlights from this collection includes:

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

This collection contains a large selection of congressional material related to Alexander Hamilton's political career as a delegate to the Continental Congress (1782-83, and 1788), delegate to the Constitutional Convention (1787), member of the New York state ratification convention (1788), and secretary of the treasury (1789-95). Search this collection by date and publication to find materials related to Hamilton.

The American State Papers contains the legislative and executive documents of Congress during the period 1789 to 1838, covering the time that Hamilton served as the secretary of the treasury (1789-95).

A selection of highlights from the American State Papers includes:

George Washington Papers

The George Washington Papers contain hundreds of items to, from, or referring to Alexander Hamilton. Many of these materials document Hamilton’s work as George Washington's aide-de-camp during the American Revolution, as well as Hamilton's service as secretary of the treasury in the Washington administration.

Among the collection’s Hamilton-related materials are:

  • Hamilton's report to the Marquis de Lafayette on October 15, 1781, during the Battle of Yorktown.
  • A letter from Washington to Alexander Hamilton on November 10, 1787, thanking Hamilton for sending a copy of the pamphlet written by "Publius" and discussing the new Constitution.
  • Hamilton's opinion on the constitutionality of establishing a National Bank dated February 21, 1791.
  • A letter from Hamilton to Washington on February 3, 1795, announcing his resignation as secretary of the treasury.

James Madison Papers, 1723 to 1859

The James Madison Papers contain more than 30 items to, from, or referring to Alexander Hamilton. To find them, go to the collection’s search page and searchon the exact phrase "Alexander Hamilton" (put quotation marks around the words).

Among the collection’s Hamilton-related materials are:

James Monroe Papers

The James Monroe Papers at the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress consist of approximately 5,200 items dating from 1758 to 1839.

Printed Ephemera: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

The collection contains, among other materials, posters, playbills, songsheets, notices, invitations, proclamations, petitions, timetables, leaflets, propaganda, manifestos, ballots, tickets, menus, and business cards. There are more than 28,000 items in the collection.

Among the collection’s Hamilton-related materials are:

Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1606 to 1827

The Thomas Jefferson Papers contain more than 130 items to, from, or referring to Alexander Hamilton. Most of these materials document the period during Washington's presidency when Hamilton served as secretary of the treasury and Jefferson was secretary of state.

Among the collection’s Hamilton-related materials are:

Words and Deeds in American History: Selected Documents Celebrating the Manuscript Division's First 100 Years

In honor of the Manuscript Division's centennial, its staff selected approximately 90 representative documents from the fifteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries.

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