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James Garfield: A Resource Guide

Washington, D.C. - the attack on the President's James Garfield's life.
Washington, D.C. - the attack on the President's [James Garfield's] life - Mrs. Smith supporting the president while awaiting the arrival of the ambulance.
1 print: wood engraving.
Prints & Photographs Division.
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Digital Collections

James A. Garfield Papers

The papers of U.S. president, army officer, lawyer, and educator James A. Garfield (1831-1881) consist of approximately 80,000 items (199,421 images), most of which were digitized from 177 reels of previously produced microfilm. Spanning the years 1775-1889, with the bulk dating from 1850 to 1881, the collection contains correspondence, diaries, speeches, records of Garfield's Civil War military service, legal records, genealogical material, college notebooks, tributes, printed matter, scrapbooks, and other material relating primarily to Garfield's career and death. Subjects include Ohio and national politics, the disputed election of 1876, tariff and national finance, Credit Mobilier of America, and the Fitz-John Porter court-martial. Other topics include education, Hiram College, the Disciples of Christ, and the Salish (Flathead) Indians. The collection also includes correspondence between Garfield and his wife Lucretia ("Crete") Rudolph Garfield; papers (1881-1889) of Garfield's daughter Mary ("Mollie") Garfield Stanley-Brown; and Garfield family correspondence.

A selection of highlights includes:

Additional Digital Collections

Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress

The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consist of approximately 20,000 documents. The collection contains a letter written by James Garfield to Lincoln on January 24, 1864. It is the only letter in the collection written by Garfield to Lincoln.

The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana

The collection documents the life of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) both through writings by and about Lincoln as well as a large body of publications concerning the issues of the times including slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and related topics. There are nine items related to James Garfield in this collection, including remarks delivered by Garfield in the House of Representatives on the first anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln.

A 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 Garfield's service in the U.S. House of Representatives (1863-80). Search this collection by date and type of publication to find materials related to Garfield.

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. The Douglass papers include three folders containing copies of speeches delivered by James Garfield.

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, ca. 1820 to 1860

consists of over 47,000 pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the years 1870 to 1885,, including more than 60 songs related to James Garfield.

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.

Among the collection’s Garfield-related materials are:

U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: "I Do Solemnly Swear..." A Resource Guide

This collection contains approximately 400 items relating to presidential inaugurations, including James Garfield's inauguration in 1881.

Words 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 selected approximately 90 representative documents from the fifteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. This collection contains a New Year's greeting from Charles Julius Guiteau, James Garfield's assassin, to his jailer dated December 31, 1881.

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