BUCHANAN, James, 1791-1868


Guide to Research Collections

Amistad Research Center
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA
Papers: Correspondence in Amistad (Schooner) case collection, 1839-1968, on 6 microfilm reels of originals in various repositories. Finding aid.


Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 15 items.


Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn, NY
Papers: 3 items (1856,1857) in the Henry C. Murphy papers: http://dlib.nyu.edu/finding aids/html/bhs/arc_189_henry_murphy and 2 items (1856,1860) in the Henry Onderdonk papers, http://dlib.nyu.edu/finding aids/html/bhs/arc_045_henry_onderdon.


Cornell University Libraries
Rare Books and Manuscript Collections
Ithaca, NY
Papers: Correspondence in the Hugh White papers, 1750-1933; Elisha Camp papers, 1756-1879; and a James Buchanan receipt (June 18, 1808) listing expenses for books.


Crawford County Historical Society
Meadville, PA
Papers: 1 letter (1827) to Henry Baldwin; 1 letter (1830) to brother George; 1 letter (1839) to H. J. Huidekoper; 1 letter (1839) to J. Hoge; reply of John Davis of MA to Mr. Buchanan of PA; list of signatures (date unknown) of senatorial delegates, delegates at large, and congressional delegates; and announcement to representatives of the people of the United States in the Democratic Baltimore convention to be held June 1852. Finding aid.


Dickinson College Library
Carlisle, PA
Papers: 1808-1868. 427 items. Chiefly political correspondence, speeches, other papers, and a portrait.


Duke University
Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: In U.S. presidents’ papers, 1753-1935. 202 items. Finding aid.


Franklin and Marshall College
Lancaster, PA
Papers: Correspondence (1822-1862) in the Reynolds family papers, 1765-1934. Includes 51 pieces of correspondence, primarily while minister to Russia.


Hagley Museum and Library
Grenville, DE
Papers: Correspondence in the Samuel Francis du Pont papers, 1812-1865.


Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1775-1868. 48 linear feet. Includes correspondence, drafts, documents, speeches, legal papers, printed matter, memorabilia, scrapbook, clippings, and biographical material, relating to all phases of his career, legal, political, and diplomatic. Also available on 60 microfilm reels. Finding aid.

Additional Papers: In the Cadwalader family papers, 1630-1900; Fayette County collection, 1764-1920; John Sergeant papers, 1783-1897; William Wagener Porter papers, 1770-1880; Joel Roberts Poinsett papers, 1785-1851; Frank B. Nead documents, 1663-1866; Ellis Lewis papers, 1810-1870; John Harris collection, 1687-1915; Peter Adolph Grotjan memoirs, 1844-1846; Gilpin family papers, 1727-1872; S.L. Fallon collection, 1684-1860; Lewis S. Coryell correspondence, 1806-1867; Buchanan Fund records, 1847-1848; Samuel Welsh collection, 1788-1864; Irvine family papers, 1777-1869; and Bradford family papers, 1747-1847.


Kentucky Historical Society
Frankfort, KY
Papers: 1 letter (1833) in the James Taylor family papers, 1783-1845. Describes court life in St. Petersburg.


Knox College
Seymour Library
Galesburg, IL
Papers: 1 letter (January 21, 1847) in Sang autograph collection, 1751-1954; and 1 letter (May 26, 1847) in Bookfellow Foundation autograph collection, 1793-1945.


Lancaster County Historical Society
Lancaster, PA
Papers: 1822-1862. 200 letters. Also material on loan from the James Buchanan Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In papers of James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston, 1825-1887. 2 feet. Chiefly correspondence of Buchanan (1829-1868), and letters received (1847-1887) by Harriet Lane Johnston, his niece and White House hostess. The Buchanan material includes information on Democratic politics in Pennsylvania and the nation, and drafts of letters to American ministers in London while he was serving as secretary of state. Available on 4 microfilm reels. Finding aid. Also 60 microfilm reels of papers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Additional Papers: Correspondence in United States Commissioners of the City of Washington records, 1791-1869; Joseph Holt papers, 1817-1895; Louis McLane papers, 1795-1894; Nicholas Philip Trist papers, 1794-1873; Lucian Barbour papers, 1838-1977; Riggs family papers, 1763-1945; Andrew and John White Stevenson family papers, 1756-1882; Louis Eller Asher autograph collection, 1757-1918; Pope family papers, 1715-1906; and George Watterston papers, 1809-1866.


Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: Ca. 80 items (1827-1861) in various collections. Finding aid.


New Jersey Historical Society
Newark, NJ
Papers: Correspondence in Miscellaneous Manuscripts, 1664-1956.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1829-1865. 83 items. Includes personal, business, and political papers, autographed copy of his inaugural address, and memorabilia.


New York Public Library
New York, NY
Papers: 5 letters (June 14-December 18, 1832) in U.S. Treaties papers. Photostats of official correspondence as minister to Russia. Originals in the Russian Archives. Finding aid. Also letters in the Clymer family papers, 1675-1902. Finding aid. Advance notice required.


Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Harrisburg, PA
Papers: Correspondence and patronage recommendations (1815-1856) in various collections. Finding aid.


Pennsylvania State University Libraries
University Park, PA
Papers: Miscellaneous items in various collections include cards, clippings, letters, and engravings.


Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1816-1868. 22 items.


Princeton University
Seeley G. Mudd Library
Princeton, NJ
Papers: 1822-1864. 18 items.


Smithsonian Institution
Archives of American Art
Washington, DC
Papers: 1837-1867. 20 letters. Available on microfilm.


South Carolina Historical Society
Charleston, SC
Papers: Correspondence in James Conner papers, 1857-1890; and Robert Barnwell Rhett papers, 1825-1968.


State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Madison, WI
Papers: Correspondence in the Marvin Henry Bovee papers, 1850-1884, on 1 microfilm reel.


Temple University Libraries
Rare Book and Manuscript Collections
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: Correspondence in the Dallas family papers, 1794-1865.


University of Michigan
William L. Clements Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In U.S. president papers, 1776-1945.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: Correspondence in Weldon Nathaniel Edwards papers, 1816-1870.


University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Unknown quantity in various collections.


Virginia Historical Society
Richmond, VA
Papers: Numerous items in various collections including correspondence in the Wise family papers, 1777-1983; and William Selden papers, 1774-1871.


Washington and Jefferson College
Washington, PA
Papers: Several speeches.


Western Kentucky University Library
Special Collections
Bowling Green, KY
Papers: In the Michael W. Clusky papers, 1830-1873.


Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: Correspondence in the John McLean papers, 1817-1861, on 18 microfilm reels; the Jeremiah S. Black papers, 1813-1894 (bulk 1842-1884), on 36 microfilm reels of originals at the Library of Congress; in the James Watson Webb papers, 1819-1967 (bulk 1819-1890); Gardiner family papers, 1843-1898; S. Griswold Flagg collection, 1825-1938; and Alfred White Van Sinderen collection, 1782-1969.

Research Libraries Information Network In addition to the institutions listed above, items are also cataloged in collections at: Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, AL; American Philosophical Society Library, Philadelphia, PA; Brigham Young University Archives, Provo, UT; Brown University, John Hay Library, Providence, RI; Emory University, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta, GA; Hagley Museum and Library, Greenville, DE; Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD; Massachusetts Archives, Boston, MA; Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln, NB; New York Society Library, New York, NY; New York State Library, Albany, NY; Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia, PA; Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY; University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, IA; University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library, Ann Arbor, MI; University of Nevada, Reno, NV; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; University of Toledo, Toledo, OH; Utah State Historical Society, Salt Lake City, UT; and others.