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Martin Van Buren: A Resource Guide

Martin Van BurenMartin Van Buren, president of the United States
John Sartain, engraver
[between 1839 and 1841]
Reproduction of 1839 painting by Henry Inman
Prints and Photographs Division
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America's Story

Designed for elementary and middle-school students, America's Story from America's Library includes the following items related to Martin Van Buren:

Meet Amazing Americans: Martin Van Buren
Read stories about his political skills, his White House Hostess, and the Panic of 1837.

Jump Back in Time: Amistad Mutiny Survivors Freed March 9, 1841

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Chronicling America

Online access to a selection of digitized historic newspapers covering the years 1836-1922 is provided through this site. Currently 30 states and the District of Columbia are represented.

A selection of articles related to Martin Van Buren includes:


The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History & Culture

This exhibition marked the publication of the first Library-wide resource guide to the Library's African-American collections, including books, photographs, music, film, and recorded sound. It highlighted only a sample of the kinds of materials and themes covered by the publication and the Library's collections. Included is a drawing of Joseph Cinquez, a kidnapped African from Sierra Leone, who led a revolt on the slave ship, Amistad. Resulting trials, including before the Supreme Court, pitted abolitionists against President Van Buren's administration.

The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship

This exhibition showcases the incomparable African American collections of the Library of Congress. The more than 240 items give a comprehensive, rich picture of more than 200 years of African American struggle and achievement. Included in the section, Slavery---The Peculiar Institution,are several items documenting the case of the Amistad Mutiny which put President Van Buren's administration in conflict with former President John Quincy Adams who argued on behalf of the Africans before the Supreme Court.

Manuscript Division

Manuscript Division Finding Aids Online

A finding aid for the Martin Van Buren papers in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division

Prints & Photographs Division

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

The General Subjects heading Presidential Campaigns includes images related to the 1836, 1840, and 1848 races in which Martin Van Buren was a candidate.

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject heading Van Buren, Martin, 1782 - 1862 to find digitized images related to Van Buren such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search all text fields using the phrase Martin Van Buren to locate additional items.

Gottscho-Schleisner Collection

This collection is comprised of over 29,000 images primarily of architectural subjects including interiors and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic buildings, and other structures. It contains 13 photographs of Van Buren's retirement residence in Kinderhook, New York.

Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey

The collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and landscape design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types, engineering technologies, and landscapes. Included is documentation of Martin Van Buren's retirement residence, Lindenwald, and its gatehouse, located in Kinderhook, New York.

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 Martin Van Buren and Hannah Hoes Van Buren.

Today in History

January 13

On January 13, 1833, President Andrew Jackson wrote Vice President Martin Van Buren expressing his opposition to South Carolina's defiance of federal authority.

March 9

The Supreme Court issued a ruling on March 9, 1841, freeing the remaining thirty-five survivors of the Amistad mutiny.

December 5

Martin Van Buren, eighth president of the United States and founder of the Democratic Party, was born on December 5, 1782 in Kinderhook, New York.

Virtual Programs and Services

Digital Reference Section Web Guides

Martin Van Buren was one of only a few presidents to serve in different roles under several presidential administrations. His contributions as a Senator from New York, Secretary of State, and Vice President can be found through the resources listed in the web guides for James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Jackson.

World Digital Library

A world-wide collaboration of cultural institutions has contributed significant primary source materials to this digital collection. Included are drawings of the Amistad captives drawn as they awaited trial in New Haven, Connecticut.

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