DOUGLAS, Stephen Arnold, 1813-1861


Library of Congress

Guide to Research Collections

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: 1835-1861. 70 items and ca. 2 inches of photographs. Letters and documents written by Douglas as register of the land office in Springfield, Illinois secretary of state, Illinois Supreme Court justice, U.S. representative, and U.S. senator. Finding aid.

Papers: 1848-1861. 2 inches. Chiefly letters to Douglas detailing political views at the time of the 1860 convention and letters (1848-1854) concerning the management of his Martinsville, Mississippi, plantation and sale of his goods in New Orleans. Fragile papers restricted.

Papers: 1834-1861. 5 inches. Chiefly legal documents from his years as an attorney and judge; poll books (1836-1844), including 1843 and 1844 congressional elections; and photographs. Finding aid.

Additional Papers: 66-page manuscript biography (undated) in the Joseph Wallace papers; and manuscript notes on speech “in reply to Senators Clayton and Butler on the Central American Treaty” delivered in the U.S. Senate March 10 and 17, 1853 in the Jesse Jay Ricks collection. Finding aid.


American Antiquarian Society
Worcester, MA
Papers: A note to Douglas concerning the format of their debates in 1858 in the Abraham Lincoln papers, 1841-1865.


Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 7 items.


Brown University
Providence, RI
Papers: In Samuel Sullivan Cox papers, 1852-1902; and a poem concerning the laying of the Douglas monument in the Benjamin Brown French papers, 1864-1866.


Chicago Historical Society
Chicago, IL
Papers: Ca. 100 miscellaneous items in various collections.


Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1-volume minute book (1858-1860) of Democratic Douglas Association for 13 Ward A, Philadelphia; correspondence in Lewis S. Coryell papers, 1806-1867; and James Buchanan papers, 1775-1868.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 2 items (1857); correspondence in Jesse W. Fell papers, 1806-1957; and photographs.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 2 volumes (October 11-November 2, 1860) of stenographic notes of his speeches; 2 letters (July 21, 1857 and March 1, 1860); information in William Marcy Tweed letters (bulk 1854) to James J. Murphy; and his eulogy is discussed in a letter (September 3, 1862) from John W. Forney to George W. Kendrick.


New York Public Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (October 24, 1859) in the Henry J. Raymond collection.


Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1 item (1859); and 6 items (1851-1859 and no date) on various topics in the Gilder Lehrman collection. Finding aid.


Smithsonian Institution
Archives of American Art
Washington, DC
Papers: In Leonard Wells Volk papers, 1845-1957 (bulk 1845-1892), on partial microfilm reel.


Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of American History
Washington, DC
Papers: Patronage letters in Nathaniel Greene Wilcox papers, 1834-1874. Finding aid.


State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: In Draper manuscripts, Illinois papers, 1776-1868;


University of Chicago Library
Chicago, IL
Papers: Ca. 1833-1861 (bulk 1855-1861). Ca. 23 feet; 19,600 items. Chiefly letters received. Finding aid.


University of Illinois
Illinois Historical Survey
Urbana, IL
Papers: 1832-1861. 515 items and 1 folder. In part transcripts and photocopies. Correspondence, chiefly relating to his activities as U.S. senator, an autobiography (1838), printed material, and clippings. Parts of the collection have been published in The Letters of Stephen Douglas (1961). Finding aid.


University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1859, 1860. 2 items. Additional items in various collections.

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; Brigham Young University, Special Collections, Provo, UT; Cornell University Libraries, Ithaca, NY; Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum, Salt Lake City, UT; Granger Homestead Society, Canandaigua, NY; New York City Municipal Archives, New York, NY; Ontario County Historical Society, Canandaigua, NY; Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia, PA; State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; University of Oklahoma, Carl Albert Center, Congressional Archives, Norman, OK; and Yale University Library, New Haven, CT.