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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

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. Search the bibliographic records and the full-text option to find items related to Alexander Hamilton, including a copy of a Hamilton's report to the Marquis de Lafayette from the Battle of Yorktown that was published in The Pennsylvania Packet or The General Advertiser in 1781.

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 at the Library of Congress

The George Washington Papers contain more than 1,900 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. To find them, go to the collection’s search page, change the number of possible hits to 2,000, and search on the exact phrase Alexander Hamilton (do not put quotation marks around the words).

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.

The James Madison Papers, 1723-1836

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:

The Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1606-1827

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

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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