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Andrew Jackson: A Resource Guide

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The Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress

Andrew Jackson, head-and-shoulders portrait, nearly in profile to left
Andrew Jackson, head-and-shoulders portrait, nearly in profile to left, leaning against pillow of which ticking appears in lower left corner.
1 photograph: half plate daguerreotype, gold toned.
 [between 1844 and 1845]
Prints & Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:
LC-USZC4-1807

The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 20,000 documents. The collection is organized into three "General Correspondence" series which include incoming and outgoing correspondence and enclosures, drafts of speeches, and notes and printed material. Most of the 20,000 items are from the 1850s through Lincoln's presidential years, 1860-65.

Search the collection on each of the following exact phrases (do not put quotation marks around the words) to find numerous references to Andrew Jackson in letters and other documents: Andrew Jackson, President Jackson, Pres. Jackson, General Jackson, Gen. Jackson, Old Hickory. A selection of highlights from this collection includes:

African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907

The Daniel A. P. Murray Pamphlet Collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900. Search the full text on the each of the exact phrases Andrew Jackson, President Jackson, and General Jackson (do not put quotation marks around the words) to find multiple instances of Jackson’s impact on the experience and memories of African Americans.  Highlights include:

The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana

Alfred Whital Stern (1881-1960) of Chicago presented his outstanding collection of Lincolniana to the Library of Congress in 1953. Begun by Mr. Stern in the 1920s, the collection documents the life of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) both through writings by and about Lincoln as well as a large body of publications concerning the issues of the times including slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and related topics.

Search on the subject Andrew Jackson to find references to Jackson and his political legacy in Lincoln’s day, including the broadside “Democracy 1832. 1864.”

America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets

For most of the nineteenth century, before the advent of phonograph and radio technologies, 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. These were new songs being sung in music halls or new lyrics to familiar songs, like "Yankee Doodle" or "The Last Rose of Summer." Song sheets are an early example of a mass medium and today they offer a unique perspective on the political, social, and economic life of the time, including the powerful and enduring imprint Andrew Jackson made in the American popular imagination.

Search the collection on each of the following exact phrases (do not put quotation marks around the words) to find several dozen items referring to Andrew Jackson: Andrew Jackson, President Jackson, General Jackson, Old Hickory, Hickory Jackson. Searching on the individual terms Jackson or Hickory will yield additional examples.

A selection of highlights from this collection includes the sheets for the following songs:

American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920

This collection comprises 253 published narratives by Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the colonies and the United States and their observations and opinions about American peoples, places, and society from about 1750 to 1920. Also included is the thirty-two-volume set of manuscript sources entitled Early Western Travels, 1748-1846, published between 1904 and 1907 after diligent compilation by the distinguished historian and secretary of the Wisconsin Historical Society Reuben Gold Thwaites. Search the full text on the exact phrases Andrew Jackson, President Jackson, General Jackson, Gen. Jackson, or Old Hickory (do not put quotation marks around the words) to find numerous references to Jackson and his importance to nineteenth-century Americans, including:

An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals, ca. 1490-1920

This is a collection of more than two hundred social-dance manuals, as well as a significant number of antidance manuals, histories, treatises on etiquette, and items from other conceptual categories. Many of the manuals also provide historical information on theatrical dance. In addition to references to "Jackson's Hornpipe," generally believed to have been named in honor of the president, this collection includes The American dancing master, and ball-room prompter: containing about five hundred dances including all the latest and most fashionable ... (1862), which gives instructions for a dance called "Jackson at New Orleans."

American Leaders Speak: Recordings from World War I and the 1920 Election, 1918-1920

The collection consists of fifty-nine sound recordings of speeches by American leaders from 1918-1920. The speeches focus on issues and events surrounding the First World War and the subsequent presidential election of 1920. In a speech on the achievements of the Democratic Party, former Speaker of the House of Representatives Champ Clark invokes Jackson's legacy.

An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

The Printed Ephemera collection at the Library of Congress is a rich repository of Americana. In total, the collection comprises 28,000 primary-source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history. An American Time Capsule, the online presentation of the Printed Ephemera collection, comprises 17,000 of the 28,000 physical items. More are scheduled to be digitized in the future. While the broadside format represents the bulk of the collection, there are a significant number of leaflets and some pamphlets. Rich in variety, the collection includes proclamations, advertisements, blank forms, programs, election tickets, catalogs, clippings, timetables, and menus. Search the full text on the exact phrases Andrew Jackson, President Jackson, General Jackson, Gen. Jackson, or Old Hickory (do not put quotation marks around the words) to find scores of materials by and about Jackson, including:

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938

This collection contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). They include two narratives with materials relevant to Andrew Jackson:

Search the full text on the exact phrase General Jackson (do not put quotation marks around the words) to find three other references to Andrew Jackson.

By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943

This collection consists of 908 boldly colored and graphically diverse original posters produced from 1936 to 1943 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. It includes a poster for the Federal Theatre Project world premiere of the play "Rachel's Man": A Dramatization of the Life of America's Most Colorful Soldier-Statesman, Andrew Jackson.

The Capital and the Bay: Narratives of Washington and the Chesapeake Bay Region, ca. 1600-1925

This collection comprises 139 books selected from the Library of Congress's General Collections and two books from its Rare Book and Special Collections Division. The collection includes first-person narratives, early histories, historical biographies, promotional brochures, and books of photographs that capture in words and pictures a distinctive region as it developed between the onset of European settlement and the first quarter of the twentieth century. Search the full text on the exact phrases Andrew Jackson, President Jackson, General Jackson, Gen. Jackson, or Old Hickory (do not put quotation marks around the words) to find numerous references to Jackson, including:

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 Andrew Jackson's military career and his political career as a member of the House of Representatives, U.S. senator, and president. Search this collection by date and publication to find materials related to Jackson.

Civil War Maps, 1861-1865

Civil War Maps brings together materials from three premier collections: the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Library of Virginia. The collection includes an 1861 Map of the seat of war!, which (rather inexplicably) features a portrait of Andrew Jackson.

Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed Collection

Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier is a multi-format ethnographic field collection of traditional fiddle tunes performed by Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, Virginia. Recorded by folklorist Alan Jabbour in 1966-67, when Reed was over eighty years old, the tunes represent the music and evoke the history and spirit of Virginia's Appalachian frontier. It includes a "British Field March" that Reed believed had accompanied the British retreat after Jackson's victory at the Battle of New Orleans.

The First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820

This collection consists of 15,000 pages of original historical material documenting the land, peoples, exploration, and transformation of the trans-Appalachian West from the mid-eighteenth to the early nineteenth century. The collection is drawn from the holdings of the University of Chicago Library and the Filson Historical Society of Louisville, Kentucky. Among the sources included is The Western Review and Miscellaneous Magazine, A Monthly Publication, Devoted to Literature and Science.  Volume First, from August 1819 to January 1820, Inclusive, which contains a lengthy review in two parts of John Reid and John Henry Eaton’s 1817 biography The Life of Andrew Jackson.

From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1822-1909

This collection presents 396 pamphlets from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, published from 1822 through 1909, by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics. Search the full text on the exact phrases Andrew Jackson, President Jackson, General Jackson, or Gen. Jackson (do not put quotation marks around the words) to find multiple references to Jackson, including:

"I Do Solemnly Swear...": Presidential Inaugurations

I Do Solemnly Swear . . .": Presidential Inaugurations is a collection of approximately 400 items relating to inaugurations from George Washington's first in 1789 to the present. It includes materials from both Andrew Jackson's first inauguration, in 1829, and his second inauguration, in 1833.

The James Madison Papers at the Library of Congress, 1723-1836

The James Madison Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consist of approximately 12,000 items captured in some 72,000 digital images. The Madison Papers contain more than twenty items to, from, or referring to Andrew Jackson. To find these documents, go to the collection’s search page and search the descriptive information (bibliographic records) on the exact phrase Andrew Jackson (do not put quotation marks around the words); and the full text on the exact phrases President Jackson, General Jackson, and Gen. Jackson. These materials include:

Map Collections

The Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress holds more than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collections represents only a small fraction, those that have been converted to digital form. The division holds several manuscript maps associated with Andrew Jackson's military career, and some have been digitized as part of Map Collections:

Mapping the National Parks

The collection documents the history, cultural aspects and geological formations of areas that eventually became National Parks. The collection consists of approximately 200 maps dating from the 17th century to the present, reflecting early mapping of the areas that would become four National Parks, as well as the parks themselves. It includes an 1884 Map of the former territorial limits of the Cherokee "Nation of" Indians ; Map showing the territory originally assigned Cherokee "Nation of" Indians, documenting the Cherokees' homelands before Jackson as president forced the Cherokee into exile.

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, ca. 1820-1860

This collection consists of over 15,000 pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the years 1820 to 1860. These works include:

Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910

This collection portrays the states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century through first-person accounts, biographies, promotional literature, local histories, ethnographic and antiquarian texts, colonial archival documents, and other works drawn from the Library of Congress's General Collections and Rare Books and Special Collections Division. The collection includes "Three score years and ten," life-long memories of Fort Snelling, Minnesota, and other parts of the West, by Charlotte Ouisconsin Van Cleve, which has a chapter of reminiscences about Rachel and Andrew Jackson from the author’s childhood. Search Full Text on the exact phrases Andrew Jackson, General Jackson, President Jackson, and Old Hickory (do not put quotation marks around the words) to find numerous other references to Jackson.

Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929

Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929 assembles a wide array of Library of Congress source materials from the 1920s that document the widespread prosperity of the Coolidge years, the nation's transition to a mass consumer economy, and the role of government in this transition. The collection includes nearly 150 selections from twelve collections of personal papers and two collections of institutional papers from the Manuscript Division; 74 books, pamphlets, and legislative documents from the General Collections, along with selections from 34 consumer and trade journals; 185 photographs from the Prints and Photographs Division and the Manuscript Division; and 5 short films and 7 audio selections of Coolidge speeches from the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division.

The collection includes Coolidge Speech: Address . . . Accepting the Statue of President Andrew Jackson at Washington, D.C., April 15, 1928. From Hand Copies: Speeches of President Calvin Coolidge, Preserved by Everett Sanders. In the Everett Sanders Papers, in which Coolidge pays tribute to Jackson.

Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860

Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860 contains just over a hundred pamphlets and books (published between 1772 and 1889) concerning the difficult and troubling experiences of African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and the United States. The documents, most from the Law Library and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, comprise an assortment of trials and cases, reports, arguments, accounts, examinations of cases and decisions, proceedings, journals, a letter, and other works of historical importance. Search the full text on the phrases Andrew Jackson or General Jackson (do not put quotation marks around the words) to find several references to him, including History of the Oberlin-Wellington rescue / compiled by Jacob R. Shipherd ; with an introduction by Henry E. Peck and Ralph Plumb, which includes a chapter that invokes Jackson's doctrine of constitutional interpretation.

The Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress, 1606-1827

The complete Thomas Jefferson Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 27,000 documents. This is the largest collection of original Jefferson documents in the world. The Jefferson Papers contain fourteen items to or from Andrew Jackson. To find these documents, go to the collection’s search page, and search on the exact phrase Andrew Jackson (do not put quotation marks around the words).  For additional references to Jackson and in particular his military career, search on the term Jackson (note that most of the additional hits received will not be relevant). Among the collection’s Jackson-related materials are:

Washington during the Civil War: The Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft, 1861-1865

Washington during the Civil War: The Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft, 1861-1865 presents three manuscript volumes, totaling 1,240 digital images, that document daily life in Washington, D. C., through the eyes of Horatio Nelson Taft (1806-1888), an examiner for the U. S. Patent Office. In his diary entry for January 8, 1863, Taft notes the anniversary of Jackson's victory at New Orleans and laments that "The Country has been calling for 'Jacksons' to Lead our armies but as yet none has appeared."

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 has selected for online display approximately ninety representative documents spanning from the fifteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. Included are four items related to Andrew Jackson.  To find them, use the Name and Subject Index and click on the heading Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845). The results include a Letter, Andrew Jackson to Martin Van Buren discussing the nullification crisis, 13 January 1833. (Martin Van Buren Papers).

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