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Presidential Election of 1888: A Resource Guide

Benjamin Harrison
Benjamin Harrison, Republican candidate for president.
Garrigues, George.
1 print: lithograph.
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The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the presidential election of 1888, including broadsides, prints, political cartoons, sheet music, newspaper articles, and government documents. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the presidential election of 1888 that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the 1888 election and a selected bibliography.

1888 Presidential Election Results [1]

Political Party
Presidential Nominee
VP Nominee
Electoral College
Popular Vote
Benjamin Harrison
Levi P. Morton
Grover Cleveland
Allen G. Thurman

Library of Congress Web Site | External Web Sites | Selected Bibliography

Digital Collections

The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress

This collection presents the papers of the nineteenth-century African-American abolitionist who escaped from slavery and then risked his own freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher.

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. While the broadside format represents the bulk of the collection, there are a significant number of leaflets and some pamphlets.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Chronicling America

This site allows you to search and view millions of historic American newspaper pages from 1789-1924. Search this collection to find newspaper articles about the presidential election of 1888.

A selection of articles on the 1888 presidential election includes:

In addition, the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room has created a series of topics guides to the newspapers included in Chronicling America, including the presidential election of 1888.


Music Division

The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

The Songs of America presentation allows you to explore American history as documented in the work of some of our country's greatest composers, poets, scholars, and performers. From popular and traditional songs, to poetic art songs and sacred music, the relationship of song to historical events from the nation's founding to the present is highlighted through more than 80,000 online items.

A selection of sheet music from the 1888 presidential election includes:

Prints & Photographs Division

Pictorial Americana: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library of Congress

Pictorial Americana, a Library of Congress publication, contains a chapter listing selected images related to the 1888 presidential election.

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the following subject headings to find additional prints, political cartoons, and other digital images related to the presidential election of 1888.

A selection of images from the 1888 presidential election includes:

External Web Sites

The American Presidency Project: Election of 1888 External Link

The American Presidency Project Web site presents election results from the 1888 presidential election. This site also contains the Democratic Party Platform External Link and the Republican Party Platform External Link of 1888.

HarpWeek: The Presidential Elections 1860-1912 External Link

This HarpWeek Web site features political cartoons from Harper's Weekly, Leslie's Illustrated Weekly, Vanity Fair, Puck, Judge, and American Political Prints, 1766-1876: A Catalog of the Collections in the Library of Congress. It provides explanations of the historical context and images of each cartoon, campaign overviews, biographical sketches, a review of the era's major issues, and other valuable information related to the 1888 presidential election.

Selected Bibliography

Primary Sources

The Campaign Text Book of the Democratic Party of the United States. New York: Brentano's, 1888. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Official Proceedings of the National Democratic Convention, Held in St. Louis, Mo., June 5th, 6th and 7th, 1888. Containing also, the Preliminary Proceedings of the National Democratic Committee and the Committee of Arrangements, with an Appendix. St. Louis, Woodward & Tiernan Printing Co., 1888. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Proceedings of the Ninth Republican National Convention, Held at Chicago, Ill., June 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 25, 1888. Chicago: Printed by Order of the Republican National Committee, 1888. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Dawson, George Francis. The Republican Campaign Text-Book for 1888. New York: Published for the Republican National Committee by Brentano's, 1888. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Secondary Sources

Calhoun, Charles W. Minority Victory: Gilded Age Politics and the Front Porch Campaign of 1888. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2008. [Catalog Record]


1. Presidential Elections, 1789-2008. (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010), 141, 231.


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