Franklin Pierce Papers
The papers of Franklin Pierce (1804-1869), army officer, representative and senator from New Hampshire, and fourteenth president of the United States, contain approximately 2,350 items dating from 1820 to 1869. They include correspondence, a photostatic copy of a diary kept by Pierce while serving in the Mexican War, drafts of Pierce’s messages to Congress, and an engraved portrait. Pierce’s correspondence relates chiefly to his service in the Mexican War, public affairs, and national politics.
A selection of highlights includes:
- Franklin Pierce, annoucement of commission as a brigadair general of infrantry during the Mexican War, Mexican 6, 1847.
- Letter, copy, President-elect Franklin Pierce to Jefferson Davis, January 12, 1863, referencing the recent death of Pierce's son Benjamin in a railroad accident.
- Franklin Pierce Papers: Series 5, Messages to Congress, 1853-1856.
- Franklin Pierce, engraved portrait by Alonzo Chappel, 1864.
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The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers from the Manuscript
Division at the Library of Congress consist of approximately
20,000 documents. It contains a letter written
Pierce to Lincoln expressing his sympathy after
the death of Willie Lincoln on February 20, 1862. Pierce's
son was the same age as Willie when he was killed in a
railroad accident in 1853. This
is the only letter from Pierce in the Lincoln Papers.
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 Franklin Pierce's political career
as a member of the House of Representatives, U.S. senator,
and president. Search
this collection by date and type of publication to
find materials related to Pierce.
From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection,
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. It includes a
letter on slave emancipation that
was submitted to Franklin Pierce by the Indiana House
of Representatives on December 2, 1854.
Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, ca. 1820 to 1860
This collection consists of over 15,000 pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the years 1820 to 1860, including six songs
related to Franklin Pierce.
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
U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: "I Do Solemnly Swear..." A Resource Guide
This collection contains approximately 400 items relating
to presidential inaugurations, including Pierce's