HARRISON, William Henry, 1773-1841


Guide to Research Collections

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: 1804-1809. 3 letters.


Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 15 items.


Brown University
Providence, RI
Papers: Six rhymes used in Harrison’s 1840 campaign together with a letter (October 20, 1892) giving the provenance of the rhymes and identifying persons mentioned. Also a commonplace book (ca. 1832-1843) containing two poems on Harrison (1841).


Cincinnati Historical Society
Cincinnati, OH
Papers: 1794-1860. 1 box. In part photocopies of originals in Henry E. Huntington Library and Library of Congress. Includes letters and miscellaneous documents relating to personal and business affairs, politics, and War of 1812 in Northwest Territory.

Additional Papers: In Harrison family papers, 1840-1964. Ca. 3 cubic feet. Correspondence, speeches, genealogical information, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, printed material, memorabilia, photos, and miscellaneous items pertaining to numerous Harrison family members.


Connecticut Historical Society
Hartford, CT
Papers: 4 letters (1800; 1819; 1829; 1840) in various collections. Finding aid.


Detroit Public Library
Burton Historical Collection
Detroit, MI
Papers: 1794-1850. 1 box. Chiefly transcripts and photocopies of originals in U.S. War Deprtment, Library of Congress, and Indiana Historical Society. Letters and reports to and by Harrison as governor of Indiana Territory and commander of the Northwestern Army in the War of 1812.


Filson Club Historical Society
Louisville, KY
Papers: Miscellaneous letters and numerous references in various collections including the Foote family papers, 1752-1987.


Henry E. Huntington Library
San Marino, CA
Papers: Miscellaneous items in various collections.


Indiana Historical Society
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 1793-1864. 4 boxes. Chiefly letters and documents (1794-1840) including letters to secretaries of war relating to Indian and military affairs; correspondence regarding military operations, the War of 1812, the Northwest Territory, Indian Territory, Ohio, national politics, and presidential elections of 1836 and 1840; papers on the administration of the Indiana Territory; family papers and correspondence; and papers relating to his illness and death. Finding aid.

Papers: Microfilm edition (in progress) of The Papers of William Henry Harrison, 1800-1815, includes ca. 3,600 transcribed documents. Available for purchase from Harrison Project, Indiana Historical Society.


Knox College
Seymour Library
Galesburg, IL
Papers: 1 letter (August 31, 1819) in Sang autograph collection, 1751-1954; and 1 military order (March 6, 1795) and 1 letter (June 27, ?) in Bookfellow Foundation autograph collection, 1793-1945.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1734-1939. 11 containers. Chiefly correspondence and military papers (1796-1841), with emphasis on Indian campaigns and affairs; a letterbook (1812-1813) reporting on the War of 1812 in the West; and correspondence regarding his unsuccessful campaign for the presidency in 1836. Available on 3 microfilm reels. Finding aid. Also 1 container of papers (1836-1838); and 1 reel of microfilm of originals (1811-1840) in the Draper Manuscripts, State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Finding aid.

Additional Papers: In Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) papers, 1787-1938, available on 151 microfilm reels; and Short, Harrison, and Symmes family papers, 1760-1878. Finding aids.


Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: Ca. 20 letters (1785-1841) and references in various collections. Finding aid.


New Jersey Historical Society
Newark, NJ
Papers: Correspondence in William Nelson papers, 1690-1875.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1802-1813, 1835-1841. 21 items.


Ohio Historical Society
Columbus, OH
Papers: 1795-1919. .25 foot. Military orders (1795-1797) from Fort Washington; personal letters (1813-1839) relating to Whig politics, states’ rights, slavery, and presidential campaign; and material on establishing William Henry Harrison memorial in Ohio (1919). Also 2 microfilm reels of originals at Library of Congress.


Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Harrisburg, PA
Papers: Songs and music relating to presidential election campaigns in International Utilities International Management Corporation political memorabilia collection, 1789-1972.


Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1804-1840. 5 items.


Princeton University
Seeley G. Mudd Library
Princeton, NJ
Papers: In the Andre deCoppet collection, 1566-1942.


State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: In the Draper manuscripts William Henry Harrison papers, 1811-1833 (5 volumes); Draper’s notes, 1841-1868 (33 volumes); and William Croghan papers, 1769-1818 (3 volumes). Available on microfilm. Finding aid.


State University of New York
College at Oswego Penfield Library
Oswego, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Millard Fillmore papers, 1817-1889 (bulk 1840-1876).


University of Michigan
William L. Clements Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Ca. 40 items (1794-1841) in several collections, including the Wayne, Perry, and Cass collections. Business papers, mostly from the mid-1790s. Finding aid.


Virginia Historical Society
Richmond, VA
Papers: Ca. 10 items in various collections. Finding aid.


Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: 3 microfilm reels of originals (1734-1939) in Library of Congress.

Additional Papers: In William Jackson papers, 1782-1828; John Stiles Gano papers, 1797-1833 (bulk 1797-1820); Benajah Ticknor papers, 1818-1852; Joseph W. Brown papers, 1773-1882; Woolsey family papers, 1750-1950 (bulk 1811-1921); Historical Picture collection, 1840-1980; and Alfred White Van Sindren collection, 1782-1969.


Xavier University
McDonald Memorial Library
Cincinnati, OH
Papers: 7 letters (1824-1829) in the Moses Dawson correspondence, 1811-1845. Available on microfilm.


The William Henry Harrison Papers
Indiana Historical Society
Indianapolis, IN
Documentary editing project.
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; Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; New York Public Library, New York, NY; New York State Library, Manuscripts and Special Collections, Albany, NY; Syracuse University, George Arents Research Library, Syracuse, NY; University of California, Berkeley, CA; University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, IA; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, VA; and Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, Newburgh, NY.