CLAY, Henry, 1777-1852


Oil on canvas, Giuseppe Fagnani, 1852, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

Guide to Research Collections

Ashland, Home of Henry Clay
Lexington, KY
Papers: 1804-1862. .4 cubic foot and 1 volume. Diaries and family letters and a portfolio of testimonials to Clay.


Atlanta History Center
Atlanta, GA
Papers: In Hugh Anderson Haralson letterbook, 1849-1850.


Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 57 items.


Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn, NY
Papers: February 9, 1837. 1 letter.


Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society
Buffalo, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Peter Buell Porter papers, 1810-1925. Finding aid.


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


Cincinnati Historical Society
Cincinnati, OH
Papers: Discussed in Abraham Robinson Johnston papers, 1834-1849; and correspondence in Timothy Kirby papers, 1788-1935. Finding aid.


Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (September 23, 1826) in the Samuel Irving Rosenman papers. Finding aid.


Cornell University Libraries
Rare Books and Manuscript Collections
Ithaca, NY
Papers: May 21, 1826; April 3, 1829; and November 16, 1833. 3 letters.

Additional Papers: In Marie Joseph Paul Yves Rock Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de Lafayette collection, 1520-1849; and Massachusetts Militia papers, 1777-1852, account of ceremonies honoring Clay.


Duke University
Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: 1802-1852 (bulk 1821-1852). 138 items. Correspondence and papers dealing with the second Bank of the United States, public finance, the Missouri compromise, the tariff, nullification, and the Whig party. Also a portrait. Finding aid.


Filson Club Historical Society
Louisville, KY
Papers: 1797-1855. Ca. 160 items. Miscellaneous personal, business, and congressional papers and correspondence, photographs, portraits, and memorabilia.

Additional Papers: Correspondence and documents in Foote family papers, 1752-1987; Pope-Humphrey family papers, 1807-1938; Marshall family papers, 1815-1879; and others. Finding aid.


Hagley Museum and Library
Greenville, DE
Papers: In Thomas P. Cope diaries, 1800-1851, on 2 microfilm reels of originals at Haverford College; Eleuthere Irenee du Pont papers, 1771-1922 and 1782-1838; and Victor Marie du Pont papers, 1753-1847.


Harvard University
Houghton Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: 44 items in Clay-Sloane correspondence, 1822-1850; in Francis Pickens nullification papers; and in Edwin Francis Gay papers, 1917-1925.


Henry E. Huntington Library
San Marino, CA
Papers: 1825-1829. Ca. 425 items. Letters written while secretary of state to ministers resident in the U.S. Finding aid.


Historical Society of Delaware
Wilmington, DE
Papers: 13 personal letters (1839-1849) in the Bayard papers.


Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: Ca. 50 letters (1824-1833) in Josiah Stoddard Johnson papers, 1821-1839; in Richard Ashurst collection, 1704-1874; Richard Peters correspondence, 1821-1847; Condy Raguet official letters, 1824-1827; James Moore Swank papers, 1785-1898; Josiah Stoddard Johnston papers, 1821-1839; S.L. Fallon collection, 1684-1860; Biddle family papers, 1688-1883; Gilpin family papers, 1727-1872; Hopkinson family papers, 1735-1863; and James Buchanan papers, 1775-1868. Also discussed in Jonathan Roberts’ memoir, 1799-1830, 2 volumes.


Indiana Historical Society Library
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 87 letters in various collections; handwritten transcripts of ca. 280 letters (1803-1849) made for William Henry Smith in the late nineteenth century; and correspondence in Benjamin Sebastian papers, 1795-1807. Finding aid.


Indiana University
Lilly Library
Bloomington, IN
Papers: 1812-1849. 247 items. Also a collection of printed notices (1841-1859) of the Young Men’s Henry Clay Association and Clay Festival Association.


Jervis Public Library
Rome, NY
Papers: 1 letter (1832) in the Thomas C. Bright autograph collection discussing the election of 1832. Finding aid.


Kentucky Historical Society
Frankfort, KY
Papers: 1802-1848. Ca. 40 items. Concern political, legal and business matters. Also a portrait. Finding aid.


Knox College
Seymour Library
Galesburg, IL
Papers: 1 letter (June 19, 1843) in Bookfellow Foundation autograph collection, 1705-1940.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In Henry Clay family papers, 1732-1927. 75 containers. Political and family correspondence and papers relating chiefly to politics and all phases of his career. Available on 24 microfilm reels, which includes Clay items in other selected collections in the Library of Congress. Finding aid.

Additional Papers: Correspondence in William Harris Crawford papers, 1810-1914; John Payne papers, 1780-1905; and Alexander Hamilton papers, 1708-1903.


Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: Ca. 200 items (1810-1852) in various collections. Finding aid.


Memphis State University Library
Mississippi Valley Collection
Memphis, TN
Papers: Mentioned in Caleb Goldsmith Forshey papers, 1838-1879. Finding aid.


Museum of the City of New York
New York, NY
Papers: Memorial silk banner and ticket to oration (March 23, 1843) in honor of Clay.


New Hampshire Historical Society
Concord, NH
Papers: Correspondence in John Langdon papers, 1762-1972; and correspondence in United States Army Pay Department records, 1791-1870. Finding aid.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1800-1852. 450 items. Includes 56 letters from Rufus King and photographs.

Additional Papers: Correspondence in Daniel Ullmann papers, 1826-1887 (bulk 1850-1856); Taylor family papers, 1799-1897; and Campbell-Mumford papers, 1719-1891.


New York Public Library
New York, NY
Papers: 7 letters (1817-1833) in the James Barbour collection. Official and personal correspondence. Finding aid.


New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections
Albany, NY
Papers: In Robert C. Wetmore papers, 1834-1899; Phelps and Gorham Company records, 1776-1892; Autographs of American authors and statesmen collection, ca. 1770-1865; Bradford Ripley Wood letter, March 3, 1848; F.G. Younglove letter, March 4, 1848; Peter Buell Porter letter, February 16, 1839; Millard Fillmore letter, August 16, 1844; and Alexander Hamilton papers, 1760-1830, on 46 microfilm reels of originals at Library of Congress.


Ohio Historical Society
Columbus, OH
Papers: Correspondence in Walter Dun papers, 1802-1894.


Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 24 items (1802-1849); and 16 letters (1823-1851) chiefly on political topics, and 1 broadside (October 26, 1824) of Pennsylvania electors supporting Clay for president in the Gilder Lehrman collection. Finding aid.


Princeton University
Seeley G. Mudd Library
Princeton, NJ
Papers: In the Andre deCoppet collection, 1565-1942.


Rutgers University
Special Collections and University Archives
New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: 1823-1844. 5 letters. Also in John Peter Jackson correspondence, 1828-1860.


Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of American History
Washington, DC
Papers: In George Catlin papers, 1821-1890, on 2 microfilm reels; and John Smith Preston family letters, 1836-1927, on 1 microfilm reel.


Transylvania University
Lexington, KY
Papers: 1793-1848. 1 cubic foot. Personal and business papers and correspondence, photographs, portraits, and memorabilia. Finding aid.


University of California Library
Santa Barbara, CA
Papers: March 31-April 6, 1826. 7 items. Correspondence relating to the Henry Clay - John Randolph of Roanoke duel. Use restricted to photocopies of the letters.


University of Kentucky Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
Lexington, KY
Papers: 1801-1841. 70 letters. Also 230 Clay letters in various collections. Finding aid.


University of Michigan
William L. Clements Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 53 items (1811-1848) in several collections, including the Hughes, Cass, Goulburn, and Birney collections. Business and congressional papers and correspondence. Finding aids.


University of Missouri
Western Historical Manuscript Collections
Columbia, MO
Papers: Correspondence in Glenn O. Hardeman collection, 1777-1922. Finding aid.


University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1834-1844. 6 items (5 photoprints, 1 manuscript). Miscellaneous political correspondence.

Additional Papers: 1 letter (1843) from Clay confidentially discussing political situation in Sergeant Smith Prentiss papers; and 11 letters in William Asbury Whitaker collection, 1597-1957.


University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Rochester, NY
Papers: 16 letters by and 8 to Clay (1812-1851) in various collections. Finding aid.


University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Ca. 250 items (1798-1852) in Clay and other papers, including James Breckenridge papers, 1783-1904 (bulk 1783 1830); and Quinby, Teakle, and Upshur family papers, 1759-1968 (bulk 1800-1898). Chiefly from his Senate service, many with political content. Finding aids to some collections.


Virginia Historical Society
Richmond, VA
Papers: 29 items; and numerous items in various collections including the Graham family papers, 1798-1925, available on microfilm. Finding aid.


Virginia State Library and Archives
Richmond, VA
Papers: In Johnston family papers, 1779-1891; and Patteson family papers, 1734-1906.


Western Kentucky University Library
Special Collections
Bowling Green, KY
Papers: Correspondence, 1810-1818 (3); comments about Clay in letters and journals, 1841-1949 (15); and in Green family papers, 1814-1971.


Xavier University
McDonald Memorial Library
Cincinnati, OH
Papers: 1 letter (1827) to Clay in the Moses Dawson correspondence, 1811-1845. Available on microfilm. Finding aid.


Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: Items in William Wirt papers, 1786-1850, microfilm of originals at the Maryland Historical Society; Daniel Webster papers, 1800-1895 (bulk 1824-1852), microfilm of originals at the Library of Congress; James Watson Webb papers, 1802-1967; Evarts family papers, 1753-1960; Ulrich Bonnell Phillips papers, 1712-1933 (bulk 1800-1861); Humphreys-Marvin-Olmstead collection, 1776-1867; David Daggett papers, 1781-1851; and others.


The Papers of Henry Clay
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
Documentary publication project.
Research Libraries Information Network In addition to the institutions listed above, items are also cataloged at: American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA; Boyle County Public Library, Danville, KY; Brigham Young University, Provo, UT; Brown University, Providence, RI; Danville-Boyle County Historical Society, Danville, KY; Emory University Special Collections, Atlanta, GA; Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort, KY; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA; Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD; Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA; Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia, PA; State University of New York College, Oswego, NY; University of California, Bancroft Library, Berkeley, CA; University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, IA; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; and others.