COLFAX, Schuyler, 1823-1885


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: ca. 1863-1866, 2 items.
Includes one letter from Schuyler Colfax to Simon Stevens written on November 28, 1863, discussing Schuyler Colfax’s election for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Papers: 1867, 1 page.
A letter from Schuyler Colfax to E. F. Chapman dated February 23, 1867. In the letter, Schuyler Colfax assigns E. F. Chapman seat number 36 in the reporter’s gallery in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Papers: ca. 1875, 2 items.
Includes a speech of Schuyler Colfax on Abraham Lincoln, as well as a reminiscence of Schuyler Colfax’s final meeting with Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1854.


Indiana Historical Society
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 1843-1884, 1 box and 1 oversize folder.
The papers include Schuyler Colfax’s lecture in manuscript and two transcripts titled “Across the Continent.” The collection also contains correspondence, programs, invitations, and photographs. Early correspondence deals with South Bend and Indiana politics. Letters from Schuyler Colfax’s service in the U.S. House shows his interest in “Bleeding Kansas,” appointments to offices, and his 1865 western tour. Five letters cover George F. Nesbitt and the Credit Mobilier scandal. Later letters deal mostly with Schuyler Colfax’s lecture tours. A collection guide and calendar of correspondence is available in the library.

Papers: 1864, 1 page.
A letter from Schuyler Colfax to Williamson Wright, May 27, 1864 in Logansport, Indiana. In the letter, Schuyler Colfax agrees with Williamson Wright’s opinions concerning war, defends Congress against abuse by the press, and predicts a draft.


Brigham Young University
Archives
Provo, UT
Papers: 1865, 1 volume.
An autographed reminiscence titled Across the Continent by Overland Stage by Schuyler Colfax. In the reminiscence, Schulyer Colfax describes his stagecoach trip from Missouri to California in 1865.

Papers: 1871-1873, 20 items.
Includes letters from Schuyler Colfax to Jay S. Carpenter concerning the house in Indiana in which his family was living temporarily. Schulyer Colfax also writes concerning the Credit Mobilier of America.

Papers: 1878, 4 pages.
Letters from Schuyler Colfax to unidentified recipients about the political and social situation in Utah and urges that the fight against Mormons be continued.


Bryn Mawr College
The Adelman Collection
Bryn Mawr, PA
Papers: 1864, 1 item.
A letter from Schuyler Colfax to Henry G. Hill dated March 23, 1864. The letter contains a brief message and is written on House of Representatives stationery.


The Copley Press
J.S. Copley Library
La Jolla, CA
Papers: 1864, 1 page.
A letter from Schuyler Colfax to an unknown recipient dated September 24, 1864. In the letter, Schuyler Colfax says that he has written a letter to the Secretary of War regarding the exchange of a Captain Phelps. The letter is bound in Volume II, page 218, of The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Ida M. Tarbell, published by the Lincoln History Society, New York, 1909.


Duke University Library
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: 1866-1868, 2 items.
The collection contains a letter from Schuyler Colfax to an unidentified recipient concerning the scheduling of a caucus. Also included is a news clipping from 1868 assessing Schuyler Colfax’s ability to serve as vice-president.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1837-1882, 0.4 linear foot.
The papers include correspondence and speeches of Schuyler Colfax. The correspondence is chiefly with Alfred Wheeler, business manager for Schuyler Colfax and editor of the St. Joseph Vally Register, South Bend, Indiana. The correspondence covers state and national politics, Republican Party politics, Schuyler Colfax’s lecture tours, and the operation of the newspaper. Speeches date primarily from 1873 to 1882 and consist of public lectures on a variety of topics give by Schuyler following his retirement. A microfilm edition of the papers is available, as well as a finding aid in the Manuscript Reading Room.


Massachusetts Historical Society
Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 1856, 1 page.
A letter from Schuyler Colfax to Joel Parker dated December 10, 1856. In the letter, Schuyler Colfax requests a copy of Joel Parker’s address on the non-extension of slavery.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1864, 1 item.
A letter from Schuyler Colfax to an unidentified recipient dated April 17, 1864. In the letter, Schuyler Colfax says that President Lincoln will leave for Baltimore the following afternoon. He also indicates that President Lincoln is not feeling well, and that his son is sick, which may detain Mrs. Lincoln.

Papers: ca. 1864-1872, 3 items.
Letters from Schuyler Colfax to Horace Greeley concerning political matters and an invitation to dine at the White House.

Papers: 1866, 1 item.
A signed letter from Schuyler Colfax to an unidentified recipient dated November 25, 1866. The letter concerns political matters relating to the late war.

Papers: 1868, 1 item.
A signed letter from Schuyler Colfax to J. M. Dalzell dated March 19, 1868. The letter concerns a soldier’s pay.

Papers: 1868, 1 item.
A letter from Schuyler Colfax to William Pitt Fessenden dated December 12, 1868. In the letter, Schuyler Colfax says that he would like to have new office space assigned to him in the Capitol now that he has been elected Vice-President.


New York Historical Society
Manuscript Collections
New York, NY
Papers: 1856, 1 page.
A letter from Schuyler Colfax to Thomas Andrews Hendricks, Commissioner of the Land Office, dated May 19, 1856. The letter concerns a land patent requested by Mrs. Sarah Glass.


Ohio Historical Society
Columbus, OH
Papers: ca. 1860-1874, 2 items.
A letter from Schuyler Colfax to Daniel Bouyer dated May 2, 1860, concerning a constituent for whom he obtained a soldier’s disability pension and letter. Also discussed is the fee and date for giving his Lincoln lecture.


University of California
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: 1863, 1 page.
A letter from Schuyler Colfax to Dr. S. McClellan dated January 14, 1863. In the letter, Schuyler Colfax asks Dr. McClellan to examine a patient who is one of his constituents, a soldier who wishes to obtain a discharge from military service.


University of Chicago
Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection
Chicago, IL
Papers: 1866, 1 item.
A letter from Schuyler Colfax to an unidentified recipient dated October 8, 1866.

Papers: 1877, 1 item.
A letter from Schuyler Colfax to T. J. Hudson dated December 3, 1877.


University of Iowa Libraries
Special Collections Department
Iowa City, IA
Papers: 1866, 1 item.
A letter from Schuyler Colfax to an unidentified recipient dated January 20, 1866. In the letter, Schuyler Colfax expresses his plans to deliver his lecture titled Across the Continent to the Cooper Institute.

Papers: 1867, 1 item.
A letter from Schuyler Colfax to Archibald Russell, Eliot C. Comdin, and Frederick Law Olmsted dated April 15, 1867. In the letter, Schuyler Colfax expresses his willingness to give a benefit lecture for the Southern famine relief association.


University of Rochester
Department of Rare Books, Manuscripts and Archives in Rush Rhees Library
Rochester, NY
Papers: 1841-1885, 62 items.
Includes letters to Schuyler Colfax, mostly concerning political appointments and election campaigns, from Horace Greeley, Lewis Wallace, Ulysses S. Grant, John C. Fremong, and Charles Sumner. A register is available in the repository.


Washington State University
Pullman, WA
Papers: 1864-1883, 27 items.
Includes correspondence, notes, and essays written by Schuyler Colfax.


Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: 1868, 0.1 cubic foot.
A letter from Schuyler Colfax to an unidentified recipient giving advice on when to notify the House of Representatives of developments in the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson.