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James Monroe: A Resource Guide

James Monroe, half-length portrait, seated at desk, facing slightly left
James Monroe, half-length portrait, seated at desk, facing slightly left.
Pendleton's Lithography.
Prints and Photographs Division.
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America's Story

Meet Amazing Americans: James Monroe

Designed for elementary and middle-school students, America's Library provides a variety of stories about James Monroe, including the Monroe Doctrine, the Era of Good Feeling, and the Missouri Compromise.

Jump Back in Time: James Monroe Sought Advice from Thomas Jefferson

Jump Back in Time: Senate Ratified the Louisiana Purchase Treaty


The Cultures and History of the Americas: The Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress

This exhibition features fifty highlights from the more than 4,000 rare books, maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. It includes a letter from Secretary of State James Monroe to Lord Holland of Great Britain dated November 29, 1811, warning that continued British repression of American commerce will ultimately lead to war.

From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America

The exhibition contains more than two hundred treasures of American Judaica from the collections of the Library of Congress. It features a letter from Isaac Harby of Charleston to Secretary of State James Monroe on May 13, 1816, protesting the removal of Mordecai Manuel Noah from his post as consul to Tunis because he was Jewish.

Thomas Jefferson

This exhibition focuses on the extraordinary legacy of Thomas Jefferson--founding father, farmer, architect, inventor, slaveholder, book collector, scholar, diplomat, and the third president of the United States. It features three letters written between Jefferson and Monroe that discuss St. Domingue (Haiti). This exhibition also contains a letter from Jefferson to Monroe outlining his reasons why he wants to acquire New Orleans.

Manuscript Division

Manuscript Division Finding Aids Online

Access the finding aids for the papers of James Monroe in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division.

Prints and Photographs Division

Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject heading Monroe, James, 1758-1831 to find digital images related to Monroe such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search all text fields in PPOC using the phrase James Monroe to 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 James Monroe.

Today in History

October 17

On October 17, 1823, President James Monroe wrote a letter to his friend and Virginia neighbor Thomas Jefferson seeking advice on foreign policy.

October 20

On October 20, 1803, the Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase Treaty by a vote of twenty-four to seven. James Monroe and Robert Livingston negotiated the treaty with France.

Virtual Programs and Services

Digital Reference Section Web Guides

Primary Documents in American History

This site offers a list of some of the most important documents in American history from 1763 to 1877. Each document has a page with background information, links to digital material associated with the documents, and bibliographies for both adult and young readers. Some of the documents contain information related to Monroe, including the Louisiana Purchase, the Monroe Doctrine, and the Missouri Compromise.


James Monroe Papers

Gerard Gawalt, an American History specialist with the Manuscript Division, examines important documents found in the James Monroe Papers at the Library of Congress.

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