William McKinley: A Resource Guide
Designed for elementary and middle school students, America's
Library provides the following stories related to William
McKinley and his administration:
Jump Back in Time: Mount Rainier in Central Washington
Became a National Park,
March 2, 1899
Back in Time: U.S. Marines Land at Guantanamo Bay, June
Jump Back in Time: U.S. Raised the Flag in Puerto Rico,
October 18, 1898
Jump Back in Time: U.S.S. Maine Was Sunk, February 15,
Meet Amazing Americans: William Jennings Bryan and the
Free Silver Movement
This site allows you to search and view millions of historic American newspaper pages from 1836-1922. Search
this collection to find thousands of newspaper articles
about William McKinley and his presidency, including the following articles on McKinley's first inauguration in 1897:
In addition, the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room has created a series of topics guides to the newspapers included in Chronicling America, including a guide on the McKinley Administration and the presidential election of 1896.
Treasures of the Library of Congress
This exhibition provides unique insight into various aspects
of American history and culture. Objects displayed are
organized according to the three categories that Thomas
Jefferson used for his library: memory, reason, and imagination.
The exhibition includes a section pertaining
inaugurations in 1897 and 1901.
Do Solemnly Swear..." Inaugural Materials from the
Collections of the Library of Congress
Items from eighteen presidents are featured in this
online exhibition, including a photograph and an admission
ticket from McKinley's
first inauguration in 1897.
Manuscript Division Finding Aids Online
A finding aid for the William McKinley papers in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division.
& Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Search PPOC using the subject heading McKinley,
William, 1843-1901 to find digital images related
to Wilson such as prints, photographs, and political
all text fields in PPOC using the phrase William
locate additional images.
Presidents of the United States Selected Images From the Collections of the Library of Congress
This guide presents portraits of U.S. presidents and first ladies, including images of William McKinley and Ida
On February 15, 1898, an explosion of unknown origin sank
the battleship U.S.S. Maine in the Havana, Cuba, harbor,
killing 266 of the 354 crew members. The sinking of the Maine incited United States passions against Spain, eventually
leading to a naval blockade of Cuba and a declaration of
On March 2, 1899, President William McKinley signed legislation
creating Mount Rainier National Park in central Washington.
William Jennings Bryan, a gifted orator and three-time
presidential candidate was born on March 19, 1860, in Salem,
Illinois. Bryan lost to William McKinley in the presidential
elections of 1896 and 1900.
On April 25,1898, the United States formally declared war
On June 10, 1898, U.S. Marines landed at Guantanamo Bay.
For the next month, American troops fought a land war in
Cuba, which resulted in the end of Spanish colonial rule
in the Western Hemisphere.
On September 6, 1901, President William McKinley was shot
while attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New
York. Leon Czolgosz, a Polish citizen associated with the
Anarchist movement, fired two shots at McKinley who was greeting
the public in a receiving line.
On October 18, 1898, American troops fighting the Spanish-American
War raised the United States flag in Puerto Rico, formalizing
U.S. control of the former Spanish colony.
Digital Reference Section Web Guides
A Guide to the Spanish-American War
The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain
a wide variety of material associated with the Spanish-American
War, including manuscripts, maps, broadsides, photographs,
prints, sheet music, and films. This guide compiles links
to digital materials related to the Spanish-American
War that are available throughout the Library of Congress
Web site. In addition, it provides links to external
Web sites focusing on the Spanish-American War and a
bibliography containing selections for both general and
William McKinley Papers
John Sellers, historical specialist with the Manuscript
examines important documents found in
the William McKinley Papers at the Library of Congress.