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Presidential Election of 1920: A Resource Guide

Warren G. Harding
Warren G. Harding.
1 print (poster): 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 1920, including sound recordings, photographs, political cartoons, newspaper articles, and sheet music. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the presidential election of 1920 that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the 1920 election and a selected bibliography.

1920 Presidential Election Results [1]

Political Party
Presidential Nominee
VP Nominee
Electoral College
Popular Vote
Warren G. Harding
Calvin Coolidge
James M. Cox
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

Digital Collections

American Leaders Speak: Recordings from World War I

The Nation's Forum Collection consists of fifty-nine sound recordings of speeches by American leaders from 1918-1920. The speeches focus on issues and events surrounding the First World War and the subsequent presidential election of 1920. Speakers include: Warren G. Harding, James Cox, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Samuel Gompers, Henry Cabot Lodge, and John J. Pershing.

A selection of sound recordings from the 1920 presidential election includes:

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.

Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film

This collection consists of 104 motion pictures, eight of which are featured in other online collections, and four sound recordings.

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 1920.

A selection of articles on the 1920 presidential election includes:

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.

This presentation contains the following sheet music from the 1920 presidential campaign:

Prints & Photographs Division

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the names of the candidates to find prints, political cartoons, and other digital images related to the presidential election of 1920.

A selection of images from the 1920 presidential election includes:

External Web Sites

The American Presidency Project: Election of 1920 External Link

The American Presidency Project Web site presents election results from the 1920 presidential election. This site also contains the Democratic Party Platform External Link and the Republican Party Platform External Link of 1920.

Selected Bibliography

Primary Sources

The Democratic Text Book, 1920 / Issued by the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Committee. New York: s.n., 1920. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Official Report of the Proceedings of the Democratic National Convention, Held in San Francisco, California, June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6, 1920, Resulting in the Nomination of Hon. James M. Cox (of Ohio) for President and Hon. Franklin D. Roosevelt (of New York) for Vice-President. Indianapolis: Bookwalter-Ball Printing Co., 1920. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Official Report of the Proceedings of the Seventeenth Republican National Convention, Held in Chicago, Illinois, June 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, 1920, Resulting in the Nomination of Warren Gamaliel Harding, of Ohio, for President, and the Nomination of Calvin Coolidge, of Massachusetts, for Vice-President; Reported by George L. Hart, Official Reporter, Published Under the Supervision of the General Secretary of the Convention. New York: The Tenny Press, 1920. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Republican Campaign Text-Book, 1920. New York: Issued by the Republican National Committee, 1920. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Secondary Sources

Bagby, Wesley Marvin. The Road to Normalcy: The Presidential Campaign and Election of 1920. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Press, 1962. [Catalog Record]

Morello, John A. Selling the President, 1920: Albert D. Lasker, Advertising, and the Election of Warren G. Harding. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2001. [Catalog Record]

Pietrusza, David. 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2007. [Catalog Record]


1. Presidential Elections, 1789-2008. (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010), 149, 239.

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