About this Collection
This correspondence (240 items; 1910-1924) consists primarily of letters written by President Harding (1865-1923), before and during his tenure as a U.S. senator, to his paramour Carrie Fulton Phillips (1873-1960), wife of a Marion, Ohio, store owner. Also included are drafts and notes for correspondence written by Phillips during her approximately fifteen-year relationship with Harding, as well as a handful of other related items.
This collection had been closed for fifty years as a result of court orders, settlement papers, and gift agreement. When the restriction expired on July 29, 2014, the Library digitized the originals and released the entire contents of the collection online . The correspondence file, which includes both final versions as well as some draft letters, is organized chronologically. By far, most of the letters were written by Harding to Phillips. Many