PIERCE, Franklin, 1804-1869


Guide to Research Collections

American Philosophical Society
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 15 letters to Pierce in Robert Maskell Patterson papers, 1775-1853.


Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 17 items.


Bowdoin College
Brunswick, ME
Papers: 1837-1869. 11 letters.


Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Belmont family papers, 1799-1930.


Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
Papers: 1842-1867. 25 letters and a portrait.

Additional Papers: Letters from John Parker Hale in Hale-Chandler papers, 1777-1873.


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


Filson Club Historical Society
Louisville, KY
Papers: 1 letter (1835); and miscellaneous documents and references in various collections.


Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In James Buchanan papers, 1775-1868, available on microfilm; and autograph letters of Presidents of United States collection, 1788-1864.


Knox College
Seymour Library
Galesburg, IL
Papers: 1 letter (September 29, 1852) in Sang autograph collection, 1751-1954; and 1 land patent (February 1, 1855) and 1 letter (September 28, 1860) in Bookfellow Foundation autograph collection, 1793-1945.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1820-1869. 27 containers. Correspondence (1820-1869), includes photostats of originals in New Hampshire Historical Society; diary (1847), photostat of original in Henry E. Huntington Library; and drafts of messages to Congress (1854-1856) reflecting Pierce’s participation in the war with Mexico, public affairs, and politics. Available on 7 microfilm reels. Finding aid.

Additional Papers: 50 letters in Edmund Burke papers, 1821-1881; 7 letters to Mary Aiken or her husband John and 36 letters of Jane Pierce to Mary Aiken in the Pierce-Aiken family papers; letters to Webster, his secretary, in Sidney Webster papers, 1854-1869; John Kilham Porter collection, 1600-1882; and in Commissioners of the City of Washington records, 1791-1869 (bulk 1791-1808). Most of papers are available on microfilm.


Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: 38 items (1838-1867) in various collections.


New England Historic Genealogical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: Correspondence in William Foster papers, 1734-1879.


New Hampshire Historical Society
Concord, NH
Papers: 1820-1968. 1,650 items. Personal and family correspondence, diary (1847), speeches, deeds, newspaper clippings, and scrapbook. In part photocopies of originals in Henry E. Huntington Library and John Longyear Library, Marquette, MI; and 7 microfilm reels of originals in the Library of Congress. Finding aid.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1836-1862. 26 items.


New York Public Library
New York, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Albert Tracy papers, 1843-1893; and George William Gordon papers, 1825-1852 (bulk 1840-1852).


Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 2 items (1857 and 1859); and 34 items (1838-1869) chiefly on political and military topics in the Gilder Lehrman collection. Finding aid.


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


Rosenbach Museum and Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1853-1857. 6 items. Official correspondence.


University of Michigan
William L. Clements Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 21 letters (1830-1852) in the Appleton-Aiken papers. Chiefly letters written by his wife, Jane Means Appleton Pierce, concerning personal and business matters. Finding aid.


University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Correspondence and references in various collections. Finding aid.


Virginia Historical Society
Richmond, VA
Papers: Miscellaneous items. Finding aid.


Virginia State Library and Archives
Richmond, VA
Papers: 2 letters from Rust ((March 9, 1853 and March 7, 1856) in George Rust, Jr. papers, 1788-1858 (bulk 1815-1858).


Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: 7 microfilm reels of originals (1820-1869) at Library of Congress.

Additional Papers: In Pierce-Dahlgren-Vinton family papers, 1792-1936; 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: Brown University, Providence, RI; Emory University, Special Collections, Atlanta, GA; Johns Hopkins University, Special Collections, Baltimore, MD; Maine Historical Society Library, Portland, ME; Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD; State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; New York State Library, Albany, NY; Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, CA; Syracuse University, George Arents Research Library, Syracuse, NY; and University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, IA.