GALLATIN, Albert, 1761-1849


Guide to Research Collections

New York Historical Society
Manuscript Department
New York, NY
Papers: ca. 1258-1947, 44.3 linear feet.
The papers of Albert Gallatin include personal and official correspondence, wills, deeds, pamphlets, marriage certificates, wax bas-relief portraits, historical snuff boxes, medals, watercolor portraits, engravings, and other papers of Albert Gallatin and his family. Topics on Albert Gallatin’s career include his early years as a Swiss immigrant, his life on the Pennsylvania frontier, his service as a Congressman from the state of Pennsylvania, his work as Secretary of the Treasury, and his later career as a diplomat. Other topics include Pennsylvania and United States politics, U.S. foreign policy and treaties, revolution in Geneva, roads and canals, land speculation, banking, tariff, Americans in Europe, Indian languages and affairs, U.S. expansion, the Northeastern boundary settlement, and the slave trade. There is also genealogical material on the Gallatin family.

Papers: ca. 1794-1952, 5.7 linear feet.
The papers of Albert Gallatin include correspondence, legal documents, appointment books, address books, invitations, visiting cards, writings, clippings, accounts, wills, certificates, a genealogy, articles, minutes, ration books, and other Gallatin family papers. The papers document Albert Gallatin’s work as a diplomat, including his participation in the U.S. commission to negotiate the Treaty of Ghent.

Papers: 1802-1812, 98 items.
The papers of Albert Gallatin include correspondence during his tenure as Secretary of the Treasury. There is significant correspondence with David Gelston, who served in a dual role as Collector of Customs, Port of New York and Superintendent of Lighthouses in New York. Subjects include appointments, smuggling duties, ships’ papers, revenue cutters, the embargo, and lighthouse matters.


American Antiquarian Society
Manuscripts Department
Worcester, MA
Papers: In the Comparative Indian Vocabulary, 1836, 1 volume with 2 letters.
This manuscript volume of Indian vocabulary by Albert Gallatin represents part of his work, “A Synopsis of the Indian Tribes of North America, published by the American Antiquarian Society in 1836. There are also two letters by Albert Gallatin dated 1826 and 1847 respectively.


Brown University
John Hay Library
Providence, RI
Papers: 1811, 1 item.
A letter from Albert Gallatin to Thomas G. Thornton written on February 18, 1811. In the letter, Albert Gallatin writes of receiving an ”abstract of Manufactures & Manufacturing establishment in Maine...” Albert Gallatin assures Thomas Thornton, the Marshal of Maine, that he will be compensated.


Dartmouth College
Rauner Special Collections Library
Hanover, NH
Papers: ca. 1800, 1 page.
A letter from Albert Gallatin to Benjamin Lincoln written around 1800. In the letter, Albert Gallatin states that the President has ordered a thorough study of the question of establishing a marine hospital in the vicinity of Boston.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Microfilm: 1761-1880, 51 microfilm reels.
Microfilm edition sponsored by New York University and the National Historical Publications Commission.

Papers: 1783-1847, 300 items.
The papers of Albert Gallatin include correspondence, writings, and notes, relating to such topics as the Treasury Department, the trial of Aaron Burr, U.S. relations with France, the Oregon boundary question, and Albert Gallatin’s ethnological work on Indian tribes of Mexico and on Indian languages.

Papers: 1802-1815, 2 items.



Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: 1790-1840, 1 folder.
The collection of Albert Gallatin contains a small amount of notes, memos, and news clippings. Topics covered in the papers include information about the U.S. census and surveying problems.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1801, 1 item.
A letter from Albert Gallatin to Aquila Brown written on August 3, 1801. In the letter, Albert Gallatin writes concerning the seizure of refined sugar imported in a manner forbidden by law.

Papers: 1802, 1 item.
A letter from Albert Gallatin to President Thomas Jefferson written on April 21, 1802. In the letter, Albert Gallatin encloses a draft of the articles agreed upon by the Georgia Commissioners.

Papers: 1804, 1 item.
A letter from Albert Gallatin to C.A. Rodney written on September 25, 1804. In the letter, Albert Gallatin writes concerning sick leave for government employees in various cities.

Papers: 1807, 1 item.
A letter from Albert Gallatin to Noah Webster written on January 6, 1807. In the letter, he thanks Noah Webster for a copy of his dictionary and for his comments on Albert Gallatin’s table of exports and the Bank of the United States.

Papers: 1810, 1 item.
A letter from Albert Gallatin to Jonathan Russell, Chargé d’Affaires in Paris, written on November 5, 1810. Albert Gallatin writes on financial matters relating to his post.


New York University Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
New York, NY
Papers: In the New York University Gallatin Papers Project, 1954-1969, 2.5 linear feet.
The Gallatin Papers Project was an editing project of faculty of the Department of History that produced a microfilm edition of the papers of Albert Gallatin. The records include correspondence, memoranda, clippings, a grant proposal, notes on Albert Gallatin’s genealogy, photoprints, and a bound volume of calendared documents located at New-York Historical Society, all relating to the editing project.


Northwestern University Library
Special Collections Department
Evanston, IL
Papers: 1801-1804, 2 items.
The document written by Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin on September 4, 1801, refers to action upon a petition to avoid collection of duties. Another item written by Secretary Gallatin on April 12, 1804, refers to action upon a petition to avoid forfeiture and penalties on a ship owned by two New York merchants.


Ohio Historical Society
Archives/Library
Columbus, OH
Papers: 1800-1811, 0.25 cubic foot.
The papers of Albert Gallatin include correspondence between the Department of the Treasury and the surveyor general discussing surveying Ohio and the Northwest Territory.


University of California
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: 1803, 1 item.
A letter from Albert Gallatin to Henry Sewall written on March 9, 1803. In the letter, Albert Gallatin sends a duplicate of his decision in the case of Joseph McLellen et al., owners of the ship named Eliza.


The University of Chicago
Special Collections Research Center
Chicago, IL
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1787, 1 item.
A letter from Albert Gallatin to John Moylan written on July 10, 1787.

Papers: 1806, 1 item.
A letter from Albert Gallatin to Charles Simms written on October 6, 1806. In the letter, Albert Gallatin asks Charles Simms to investigate the whereabouts of a trunk and other containers that were shipped to him from New York. The letter is tipped into “The Supreme Court in United States History” by Charles Warren.

Papers: 1836, 1 item.
A letter from Albert Gallatin to Virgil David written on June 2, 1836. In the letter, Albert Gallatin expresses his gratitude at being elected an honorary member of the Lawrenceville Lyceum. Albert Gallatin also promises to send Virgil David a copy of his soon-to-be-published work entitled A Synopsis of the Indian Tribes of North America.


University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1828, 1 item.
A letter from Albert Gallatin to James Madison written on February 27, 1828. In the letter, Albert Gallatin writes regarding the purchase of “philosophical apparatus and of instruments for the University of Virginia under Thomas Jefferson’s direction.”


Yale University
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New Haven, CT
Papers: 1819, 6 pages.
A letter from Albert Gallatin to His Excellency George W. Campbell written on September 15, 1819. In the letter, Albert Gallatin writes concerning the Treaty of Washington.