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James Garfield: A Resource Guide

President James A. Garfield, half-length portrait, standing, right profile
President James A. Garfield, half-length portrait, standing, right profile.
1 photographic print.
[between 1870 and 1881]
Prints & Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:

Related Resources

America's Library

Designed for elementary and middle-school students, America's Library provides the following story related to James Garfield:

Jump Back in Time: Charles J. Guiteau Shot President Garfield, July 2, 1881

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Chronicling America

This site allows you to search and view millions of historic American newspaper pages from 1836-1922. Search this collection to find hundreds of newspaper articles about James Garfield, including an article in The Sun announcing that Garfield had been shot by Charles Guiteau.

In addition, the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room has created a series of topics guides to the newspapers included in Chronicling America, including guides on the Garfield Administration and the Garfield assassination.

Manuscript Division

Manuscript Division Finding Aids Online

A finding aid for the James A. Garfield papers in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division.


"I Do Solemnly Swear..." Inaugural Materials from the Collections of the Library of Congress

Items from eighteen presidents are featured in this online exhibition, including documents and images related to James Garfield's inauguration in 1881.

Prints & Photographs Division

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject heading Garfield, James A. (James Abram),--1831-1881 to find digital images related to Garfield such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search all text fields in PPOC using the phrase James Garfield to locate additional images.

A selection of highlights from PPOC includes:

Presidents of the United States Selected Images From the Collections of the Library of Congress

This guide presents portraits of U.S. presidents and first ladies, including images of James Garfield and Lucretia Garfield.

Today in History

July 2

On July 2, 1881, Charles J. Guiteau shot and fatally wounded the newly inaugurated U.S. President James A. Garfield in the lobby of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Depot in Washington, D.C., as he yelled, "I am a stalwart and Arthur is now President of the United States!" Guiteau blamed the president for not selecting him for a job at the U.S. Consulate in Paris.

December 31

On December 31, 1881, Charles Guiteau, the assassin of President James Garfield, wrote a New Year's greeting to his jailer.


James Garfield Papers

John Sellers, historical specialist with the Manuscript Division, examines important documents found in the James Garfield Papers at the Library of Congress.

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