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Franklin Pierce: A Resource Guide

Franklin Pierce: fourteenth president of the United States
Genl. Franklin Pierce: fourteenth president of the United States.
1 print: lithograph, hand-colored.
New York: Published by N. Currier, [1853?]
Prints & Photographs Division.
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Digital Collections

Franklin Pierce Papers

The papers of Franklin Pierce (1804-1869), army officer, representative and senator from New Hampshire, and fourteenth president of the United States, contain approximately 2,350 items dating from 1820 to 1869. They include correspondence, a photostatic copy of a diary kept by Pierce while serving in the Mexican War, drafts of Pierce’s messages to Congress, and an engraved portrait. Pierce’s correspondence relates chiefly to his service in the Mexican War, public affairs, and national politics.

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. It contains a letter written by Franklin Pierce to Lincoln expressing his sympathy after the death of Willie Lincoln on February 20, 1862. Pierce's son was the same age as Willie when he was killed in a railroad accident in 1853. This is the only letter from Pierce in the Lincoln Papers.

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 Franklin Pierce's political career as a member of the House of Representatives, U.S. senator, and president. Search this collection by date and type of publication to find materials related to Pierce.

From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909

This collection presents 396 pamphlets from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, published from 1822 through 1909, by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics. It includes a letter on slave emancipation that was submitted to Franklin Pierce by the Indiana House of Representatives on December 2, 1854.

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

This collection consists of over 15,000 pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the years 1820 to 1860, including six songs related to Franklin Pierce.

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.

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

This collection contains approximately 400 items relating to presidential inaugurations, including Pierce's 1853 inauguration.

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