James K. Polk Papers
The papers of James K. Polk (1795-1849), governor of Tennessee, representative from Tennessee, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and eleventh president of the United States, contain approximately 20,500 items dating from 1775 to 1891, with the bulk falling in the period 1830-1849. The collection includes correspondence, presidential letterbooks, diaries, speeches and messages, account and memorandum books, family papers, financial and legal records, printed matter, portraits, and other papers relating chiefly to Polk’s political career in Tennessee and on the national level.
A selection of highlights includes:
Additional Digital Collections
Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress
The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers from the Manuscript
Division at the Library of Congress consists of approximately
20,000 documents. The collection is organized into three
"General Correspondence" series that include incoming
and outgoing correspondence and enclosures, drafts of speeches,
and notes and printed material. The collection includes
a printed copy of the Treaty
with Republic of New Grenada proclaimed by President
James K. Polk on June 12, 1848.
Capital and the Bay: Narratives of Washington and the Chesapeake
Bay Region, ca. 1600 to 1925
The collection comprises first-person narratives, early
histories, historical biographies, promotional brochures,
and books of photographs in an attempt to 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 collection to find items related to James Polk, including
a recollection of President
Polk's Inauguaration in chapter 5 of the Recollection
of Men and Things at Washington, During the Third of a Century.
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 James Polk's political career as a member
of the House of Representatives and U.S. president. Search
this collection by date and publication to find materials
related to Polk.
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.
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 history.
the collection to find items related to James Polk, including
the proclamation announcing that war had been declared on Mexico.
U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: "I Do Solemnly Swear..." A Resource Guide
This collection contains approximately 400 items relating
to presidential inaugurations, including Polk's
inauguration in 1845.
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. The collection contains a copy of letter from James
Polk to the Committee of the Democratic National Convention
accepting the Democratic presidential nomination.