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Catalogs and Calendars of the Papers of James Madison at the Library of Congress

  • Calendar of the Correspondence of James Madison. Bulletin of the Bureau of Rolls and Library of the Department of State, No. 4 (March, 1894); Index, Supplement to No. 4 (August, 1895). Online at: External

Published Editions of Madison's Writings

  • Farrand, Max, ed. The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. 4 vols. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1911-37.
    LC call number: JK141 1966a
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  • Gilpin, Henry D., ed. The Papers of James Madison, Purchased by Order of Congress; Being His Correspondence and Reports of Debates During the Congress of the Confederation and His Reports of Debates in the Federal Convention; Now Published from the Original Manuscripts, Deposited in the Department of State, by Direction to the Joint Library Committee of Congress. Washington: Langtree & O'Sullivan, 1840.
    LC call number: JK111.M2
    Online at: External
  • Hunt, Gaillard, ed. The Writings of James Madison. 9 vols. New York: G.P. Putnam & Sons, 1900-10.
    LC call number: E302 .M22
    Online at: External
  • Hutchinson, William T. et al., eds. The Papers of James Madison. Chicago: University of Chicago Press; Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1962-.
    LC call number: E302 .M19
    Online at: External and External
  • Hutson, James H., ed. Supplement to Max Farrand's The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1987.
    LC call number: KF4510 .U547 1966 Suppl.
  • Koch, Adrienne, ed. Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787, Reported by James Madison. Ohio University Press, 1966.
    LC call number: JK141 1966
  • [Madison, James; Jay, John; and Hamilton, Alexander]. The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, as Agreed upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787, in Two Volumes. New York: John and Archibald M'Lean, 1788.  Rare Books and Special Collections Division.There are many modern editions of The Federalist including those edited by Jacob E. Cooke (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1961; 1982, LC call number: KF4515 .F4 1982) and Robert Scigliano (New York: Modern Library, 2001, LC call number: KF4515 .F4 2001d).
  • Mattern, David B., and Holly C. Shulman, eds. The Selected Letters of Dolley Payne Madison. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2003.
    LC call number: E342.1.M18 A4 2003
    Online at: External and External
  • Rakove, Jack N., ed. James Madison, Writings. New York: Library of America, 1999.
    LC call number: E302 .M192 1999
  • Smith, James M., ed. The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, 1776-1826. 3 vols. New York: W.W. Norton Company, 1995.
    LC call number: E332.88 .M33 1995
  • Smith, Paul H. et al., eds. Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789. 26 vols. Washington: Library of Congress, 1976-2000.
    LC call number: JK1033 .L47
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Biographies and Studies - A Selection

  • Allgor, Catherine. A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation.  Henry Holt, 2006.
    LC call number:  E342.1.M2 A45 2006
  • Arnett, Ethel S. Mrs. James Madison: The Incomparable Dolley. Greensboro, N.C.: Piedmont Press, 1972.
    LC call number: E342.1 .A76
  • Banning, Lance. Jefferson and Madison: Three Conversations from the Founding. Madison, Wis.: Madison House, 1995.
    LC call number: E310 .B23 1995
  • Banning, Lance. The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Founding of the Federal Republic. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1995.
    LC call number: E342. B245 1995
  • Bilder, Mary Sarah. Madison's Hand. Harvard University Press, 2015, forthcoming.
  • Brant, Irving. James Madison. 6 vols. Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1941-61.
    LC call number: E342 .B7
  • Broadwater, Jeff. James Madison: A Son of Virginia & a Founder of the Nation. University of North Carolina Press, 2012.
    LC call number:  E342.B76 2012
  • Ketcham, Ralph. James Madison: A Biography. New York: MacMillan, 1971.
    LC call number: E342 .K46 1971
  • Koch, Adrienne. Jefferson and Madison: The Great Collaboration. Knopf, 1950; reprint, University Press of America, 1986. LC call number: E332.2.K63 1986
  • Leibiger, Stuart Eric. Founding Friendship: George Washington, James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1999.
    LC call number: E312.29 .L45 1999
  • McCoy, Drew R. The Last of the Fathers: James Madison and the Republican Legacy. Cambridge, Mass.: Cambridge University Press, 1989.
    LC call number: E342 .M33 1989
  • Miller, William Lee. The Business of May Next: James Madison and the Founding. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1992.
    LC call number: E342 .M55 1992
  • Peterson, Merrill D., ed. James Madison, A Biography in His Own Words. New York: Newsweek, 1974.
    LC call number: E342 .A34 1974b
  • Rakove, Jack N. James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic. Edited by Oscar Handlin. Glenview, Ill.: Scott, Foresman/Little, Brown Higher Education, 1990. Reprint, New York: Longman, 2002.
    LC call number: E342 .R35 2002
  • Rives, William C. History of the Life and Times of James Madison. 3 vols. Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1859-68.
    LC call number: E342 .R623
  • Rutland, Robert Allen. The Birth of the Bill of Rights. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1991.
    LC call number: KF4749 .R87 1991
  • Rutland, Robert Allen. James Madison: The Founding Father. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1997.
    LC call number: E342 .R88 1997
  • Rutland, Robert Allen, ed. James Madison and the American Nation, 1751-1836: An Encyclopedia. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.
    LC call number: E342 .J36 1994
  • Stagg, John C. A. Mr. Madison's War: Politics, Ddiplomacy, and Warfare in the Early American Republic, 1783-1830. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1983.
    LC call number: E357 .S79 1983
  • Wills, Garry. James Madison. New York: Times Books, 2002.
    LC call number: E342 .W55 2002

For Younger Readers

  • Fritz, Jean.  The Great Little Madison. Putnam, 1989. LC call number:  E342.F75 1989
  • Fritz, Jean. Tomie de Paola, ill.  Shh! Were Writing the Constitution. New York: Putnam, 1987. LC Call Number: KF 4520.Z9 F75 1987
  • Shulman, Holly Cowan, and David B. Mattern. Dolley Madison: Her Life, Letters, and Legacy. New York: PowerPlus Books, 2003.

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