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John Quincy Adams: A Resource Guide

John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States
John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States / E. B. & E. C. Kellogg ; D. Needham.
1 print : lithograph, hand-colored. [1848?]
Prints and Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:
LC-USZC4-5800

Digital Collections

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 collection to find items related to John Quincy Adams, including an 1825 proclamation announcing a treaty with Colombia and a biographical sketch from 1827.

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 John Quincy Adams's political career as a diplomat, U.S. senator, secretary of state, president, and member of the House of Representatives. Search this collection by date and publication to find materials related to John Quincy Adams.

  • The Annals of Congress provides the text of congressional debates from Adams's service in the U.S. Senate (1803-8).
  • The American State Papers contains the legislative and executive documents of Congress during the period 1789 to 1838, covering the time period that Adams served as minister to the Netherlands (1794-95), Prussia (1797-1801), Russia (1809-14), and England (1815-17). It also includes documents from his service as a member of the commission that negotiated the Treaty of Ghent in 1814, as well as secretary of state (1817-25) and president (1825-29).
  • The Register of Debates provides the text of congressional debates and presidential messages from Adams's presidency. On February 9, 1825, Adams was chosen president by the House of Representatives after none of the other candidates received a majority of the electors selected by the states. This publication also contains Adams's First, Second, Third, and Fourth Annual Messages to Congress.
  • The Congressional Globe documents Adams's service in the House of Representatives (1831-48). In 1836, the House adopted a gag rule that prevented the introduction of anti-slavery petitions. Adams led the opposition to repeal the gag rule, claiming it was unconstitutional. On December 3, 1844, the House of Representatives finally repealed the gag rule by a vote of 108 to 80.
  • The United States Statutes at Large contain the full text of all the laws enacted and treaties ratified during Adams's presidency, including the Tariff Act of 1828, also known as the Tariff of Abominations.

George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799

The complete George Washington Papers contain 11 items to, from, or referring to John Quincy Adams. To find them, go to the collection’s search page, and search in both descriptive information and full text on the exact phrase John Quincy Adams (do not put quotation marks around the words).

Among the collection's highlights is a February 20, 1797 letter from Washington to John Quincy Adams's father, John Adams (second president of the United States), recommending that Quincy Adams be promoted as a diplomat.

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

This collection contains approximately 400 items relating to presidential inaugurations, including John Quincy Adams's inauguration in 1825.

The James Madison Papers

The James Madison Papers contain more than 30 items to, from, or referring to John Quincy Adams. To find them, search on the exact phrase "John Quincy Adams".

Among the collection’s John Quincy Adams-related materials are:

The 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. Consult the guide to using the James Monroe Papers in order to locate letters to and from John Quincy Adams.

Among the collection’s John Quincy Adams-related materials are:

Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860

This collection contains more than a 100 pamphlets and books concerning the difficult and troubling experiences of African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and the United States, including John Quincy Adams's argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Amistad case in 1841.

Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress

The complete Thomas Jefferson Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 27,000 documents, including 24 items to, from, or referring to John Quincy Adams.

Among the collection’s John Quincy Adams-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 spanning from the fifteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. The collection contains two documents related to John Quincy Adams, including Henry Clay's appointment as secretary of state in 1825 and James Monroe's letter to Thomas Jefferson seeking foreign policy advice in 1823.

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