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James A. Garfield collection

 Collection
Identifier: Am-Mss-Garfield

Scope and Contents

The James A. Garfield collection contains correspondence, typescripts, telegrams, and other manuscripts relating to the political activities and assassination of the 20th President of the United States. Garfield's letters discuss his education at Williams College, his service in the Union army during the Civil War, his political activities in the House of Representatives and Senate, and his presidential campaign of 1880.

Material about Garfield includes a substantial body of correspondence relating to the president's assassination. Of particular note are telegrams and letters relating to a special train car arranged to transfer the dying president from Washington, D.C. to his home in Long Branch, New Jersey. Carbon copies of updates about the president's health are also included. A few letters of Lucretia R. Garfield acknowledge letters of sympathy about her husband's death.

Also included are a small quantity of photographs, prints, drawings, newspapers, scrapbooks, ephemera, and realia documenting Garfield's presidency and assassination.

Dates

  • 1855 - 1916
  • Majority of material found within 1880 - 1882

Conditions Governing Access

The James A. Garfield collection is open for research. Researchers are encouraged to contact Special Collections staff prior to a visit.

Conditions Governing Use

In consultation with Special Collections staff, reproductions may be made upon request. Please consult with staff regarding questions about publishing materials from Williams Special Collections. Researchers are responsible for handling any copyright issues that may be associated with collections and materials.

James A. Garfield (1831-1881)

James A. Garfield was the 20th President of the United States. He attended Williams College, graduating with the class of 1856. After serving as a major general in the Civil War, he was elected to Congress and later to the Senate. Garfield was nominated as a compromise candidate for the Republican party's presidential ticket in 1880 and narrowly won the presidency, taking office in March 1881. On July 2, 1881, he was shot at a railway station in Washington, D.C. He died of his injuries on September 19, 1881.

Extent

1.04 Linear Feet ((4 boxes) + 6 broadside folders and 1 pamphlet binder)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The James A. Garfield collection contains correspondence, typescripts, telegrams, and other manuscripts relating to the political activities and assassination of the 20th President of the United States. Also included are a small quantity of photographs, prints, drawings, newspapers, scrapbooks, ephemera, and realia documenting Garfield's presidency and assassination.

Arrangement

Organized into five series: I. Correspondence and Manuscripts. II. Portraits, Photographs, and Broadsides. III. Newspapers. IV. Scrapbooks. V. Ephemera and Realia.

Physical Location

L2 Storage.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The James A. Garfield Collection has been assembled by gift, donation, and purchase over many years. Provenance, where known, is listed at the item level in this finding aid or on the folder or item.

Related Materials

MC1: James A. Garfield Collection. College Archives and Special Collections, Williams College.
Title
James A. Garfield collection
Author
Peale, Anne
Date
2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Undetermined
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Language of description note
In English.

Repository Details

Part of the Chapin Library Repository

Contact:
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Williamstown Massachusetts 01267
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