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Ulysses S. Grant: A Resource Guide

Ulysses S. Grant, full-length portrait, seated at table with books and top hat, facing right
Ulysses S. Grant, full-length portrait, seated at table with books and top hat, facing right.
Mathew B. Brady, photographer.
[between 1869 and 1877(?)]
Prints & Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:

Digital Collections

Ulysses S. Grant Papers

The papers of Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), army officer and eighteenth president of the United States, contain approximately 50,000 items dating from 1819-1974, with the bulk falling in the period 1843-1885. They include general and family correspondence, speeches, writings, reports, messages, military records, financial and legal records, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, memorabilia, and other papers.  The collection relates to Grant's service in the Mexican War and Civil War, his pre-Civil War career, and his postwar service as U.S. secretary of war ad interim under President Andrew Johnson, his 1868 presidential campaign and two-term presidency, his unsuccessful 1880 presidential bid, and his extensive travels and financial difficulties. The collection also includes the manuscript draft of his Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, correspondence and memoirs of his wife Julia Dent Grant (1826-1902), and a galley proof of the biography Ulysses S. Grant: Warrior and Statesman (1969) by his grandson Ulysses S. Grant III.

A selection of highlights from this collection includes:

Additional Digital Collections

The Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress

The Abraham Lincoln Papers contain more than 180 items to, from, or referring to Ulysses S. Grant.

Among the collection’s Grant-related materials are:

  • Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, Monday, July 13, 1863 (Congratulations on capture of Vicksburg).
  • Ulysses S. Grant to Abraham Lincoln, Saturday, January 21, 1865 (Military appointment for Robert Todd Lincoln).
  • Ulysses S. Grant to Abraham Lincoln, Tuesday, January 31, 1865 (Telegram concerning Hampton Roads Conference).

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 Ulysses S. Grant's military career and presidency (1869-77).

  • The Congressional Globe contains congressional debate and presidential messages from Grant's first administration (1869-73), including his First, Second, Third, and Fourth Annual Messages to Congress.
  • The Congressional Record began publication in 1873 and it is the fourth and final series of publications containing the debates of Congress. The Congressional Record is only available in this collection from 1873 to 1875, and includes Grant's Fifth and Sixth Annual Messages to Congress.
  • The United States Statutes at Large contains the full text of all the laws enacted and treaties ratified during Grant's presidency, including the 15th Amendment to the Constitution and the Civil Rights Act of 1875.

The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920

This collection documents the historical formation and cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage through books, pamphlets, government documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and motion picture footage drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress. President Ulysses S. Grant signed into law an Act Establishing Yellowstone National Park in 1872 and the Timber Culture Act in 1873.

Printed Ephemera: 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 collectoin to find items related to Grant including his proclamation announcing the 15th Amendment to the Constitution and campaign literature from the 1868 election.

U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: "I Do Solemnly Swear..." A Resource Guide

This collection contains approximately 400 items relating to presidential inaugurations, including Grant's first inauguration in 1869 and his second inauguration in 1873.

William T. Sherman Papers

The papers of General William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891) span the years 1810-1897, with the bulk of the material originating between 1848 and 1891. The Sherman Papers includes many letters to and from Ulysses S. Grant.

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 for online display approximately ninety representative documents from the fifteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. The collection contains Ulysses S. Grant's commission as lieutenant general signed by Abraham Lincoln.

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