STEVENS, Thaddeus, 1792-1868


Tinted photograph, after Matthew Brady, ca. 1960, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives.

Guide to Research Collections

Dartmouth College Library
Rauner Special Collections Library
Hanover, NH
Papers: 1819-1868, 14 items.
Includes correspondence between Thaddeus Stevens and Dartmouth College, John O’Brien, and William P. Fessenden. Also includes an address or essay written for Thaddeus Stevens’s graduation from Dartmouth dated July 9, 1814.


Alabama Department of Archives and History, State of Alabama
Montgomery, AL
Papers: In the Durr Family Papers, 1868-1968, 2.3 cubic feet.
Subjects covered include Thaddeus Stevens. A series description and index are available in the repository.


Colorado College
Special Collections, Tutt Library
Colorado Springs, CO
Papers: In the Edgar Mellen Ensign Autograph Book, ca. 1900, 1 volume.
A collection of 38 autographs of prominent 19th century Americans, including Thaddeus Stevens. An unpublished index is available in the library.


Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: In the Kelley Family Papers, 1681-1936, 1800 items.
Correspondents include Thaddeus Stevens. Microfilm is available for part of the collection.


Duke University Library
Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: In the David McConaughy Papers, 1836-1901, 42 items.
Correspondents include Thaddeus Stevens. The collection is unprocessed.


Harvard University
Houghton Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: ca. 1835-1935, 0.5 linear foot.
Contains correspondence of Thaddeus Stevens concerning politics, legal affairs, and his iron business, as well as correspondence with his nephews. Also includes accounts, photographs, and printed materials. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository as well as online: http://oasis.harvard.edu/html/hou00519frames.html.


Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the Biddle Family Papers, 1688-1883, 33 linear feet.
Correspondents include Thaddeus Stevens. A folder level inventory is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Salmon Portland Chase Papers, 1824-1882, 12 linear feet.
Subjects covered include Thaddeus Stevens. An inventory is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Thompson Family Papers, 1607-1903, 16 linear feet.
Subjects covered include Thaddeus Stevens.


Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
Washington, DC
Papers: 1864, 1 item.
A letter of recommendation for Jacob C. Miller from Thaddeus Stevens to Gideon Welles written on January 11, 1864.

Papers: In the Richard L. and Vinnie Ream Hoxie Papers, 1862-1921, 0.25 linear foot.
Correspondents include Thaddeus Stevens. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School Centennial Collection, 1954-1977, 1 folder.
Representatives from municipalities and institutions with ties to Thaddeus Stevens were asked to send a letter to the Principal of Stevens Elementary School, Lydia C. Williams, on the occasion of the school’s 100th anniversary. Included are letters from the Gettysburg (Pa.) National Bank, the Pittsburgh Public Schools, the Thaddeus Stevens Trade School (Lancaster, Pa.), the Thad Stevens School (Pittsburgh, Pa.), municipalities of Danville, St. Johnsbury, and Peacham (Vt.), the University of Vermont (Burlington), Lincoln Intermediate Unit No.12 school (New Oxford, Pa.), and Gettysburg College, from which there is also a photograph of Stevens Hall, “now used as a women’s dormitory.” A 1971 press release from William H. Waters, public relations counselor with the D.C. Board of Education, notes that a Thaddeus Stevens portrait was presented to the school and provides a biographical sketch of Stevens. The collection also includes photocopies of articles about Stevens from two biographical encyclopedias; a clipping from the Washington Afro-American, 1 January 1977, “Letter to Amy Carter: ex-pupil tells President’s daughter about her new school: Stevens”; and photocopies of three student essays on Thaddeus Stevens (one by Signe L. Wagnild, dated 20 May 1954; one by Kitty Wenschhof, undated; one lacking name and date).


Indiana Historical Society
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: In the Samuel Merrill Papers, 1812-1934, 18 boxes.
Correspondents include Thaddeus Stevens. A finding aid is available in the repository.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1813-1868, 19 containers.
Includes correspondence and financial papers, speeches, news clippings, and other printed matter, relating chiefly to his service in Congress, the Civil War, and family and business affairs. A register is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Joshua R. Giddings Papers, 1821-1866, 2.5 cubic feet.
Other authors include Thaddeus Stevens. An inventory is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Edward McPherson Papers, 1738-1936, 23 feet.
Includes estate papers and research papers for a biography of Thaddeus Stevens.


Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers: In the John Bachop Gilfillan Papers, 1821-1864, 1 folder and 1 volume.
Correspondents include Thaddeus Stevens. An inventory is available in the repository.


The Morgan Library
Literary & Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1838, 1 item.
A letter from Thaddeus Stevens to N. Biddle dated August 27, 1838. The letter concerns the election of railroad officers.


National Archives and Records Administration
Center for Legislative Archives
Washington, DC
Papers: In the records of the Committee on Ways and Means, 37th Congress, amount unknown.
The records include private correspondence of Thaddeus Stevens (37A-E20.16).


New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections
Albany, NY
Papers: In the Autographs of American authors and statesmen collection, ca. 1770-1865, 1 box.
Subjects covered include Thaddeus Stevens. An unpublished inventory is available in the repository.


Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Pennsylvania State Archives
Harrisburg, PA
Papers: 1833-1865, 0.2 cubic foot.
Includes correspondence from Thaddeus Stevens concerning business and personal matters.


Pennsylvania State University
Special Collections Library, Paterno Library
University Park, PA
Papers: In the Charlotte Hanes Harding Autographs Collection, 1744-1928, 0.45 cubic foot.
Correspondents include Thaddeus Stevens. A finding aid is available in the repository and online: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/crsweb/speccol/FindingAids/harding.html.

Papers: In the Autographs Collection, 1682-1972, 0.45 cubic foot.
The collection is in the Historical Collections and Labor Archives, University Libraries. Other authors include Thaddeus Stevens. A finding aid is available in the repository and online: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/crsweb/speccol/FindingAids/autographs.html.


Rutgers University Libraries
Special Collections and University Archives
New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: In the Isaac H. Williamson Papers, 1817-1846, 26 items.
Correspondents include Thaddeus Stevens.


Stanford University
Special Collections & University Archives, Green Library
Stanford, CA
Papers: In the Elmer E. Robinson Americana Collection, 1765-1969, 1.75 linear feet.
Subjects covered include Thaddeus Stevens. An unpublished guide is available in the repository.


Temple University Libraries
Special Collections
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the Collection of autographed American correspondence, 1832-1969, 35 items.
Correspondents include Thaddeus Stevens. A shelf list is available in the repository.


Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX
Papers: n.d., 1 page.
A letter from Thaddeus Stevens to T.O. Brian concerning a bill to a coal company.


University of Chicago Library
Butler-Gunsaulus Collection
Chicago, IL
Papers: 1834, 1 item.
A letter from Thaddeus Stevens to Morrill Stevens written on June 28, 1934. In the letter, Thaddeus Stevens writes that he has received numerous requests asking him to be the Antimasonic Party’s gubernatorial candidate. He also refers to an investment he made in the iron business.


University of Iowa Libraries
Special Collections Department
Iowa City, IA
Papers: 1850, 1 item.
A letter from Thaddeus Stevens to Dr. A. [?]lps on March 13, 1850. In the letter, Thaddeus Stevens gives his thanks for a letter of approval.

Papers: In the John B. Barton Papers, 1866, 1 item.
A letter from John B. Barton to the Honorable Thaddeus Stevens written on September 28, 1866. In the letter, John Barton refers to the possible complicity of Mr. Davis in the assassination of President Lincoln.

Papers: In the James Gillespie Blaine Papers, 1860, 1 item.
A letter from James Gillespie Blaine to W.P. Fessenden written on February 26, 1860. The letter concerns James Blaine’s support of W.P. Fessenden at the Republican National Convention and regards other possible candidates. Subjects covered include Thaddeus Stevens.


University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the Louis Charles Karpinski Papers, 1901-1955, 3 linear feet.
Correspondents include Thaddeus Stevens. A finding aid is available in the library.


University of Utah
Manuscripts Division, Marriott Library
Salt Lake City, UT
Papers: In the Fawn McKay Brodie Papers, 1943-1983, 25 linear feet.
Subjects covered include Thaddeus Stevens. A preliminary catalogue is available in the repository.


University of Wyoming Library
Laramie, WY
Microfilm: 1813-1869, 5 linear feet.
Microfilm of the manuscript collection housed in the Library of Congress, Manuscript Division.


Yale University
Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library
New Haven, CT
Papers: In the William Smith Mason Autograph Collection, 1800-1929, 0.25 linear foot.
Subjects covered include Thaddeus Stevens. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.