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The Papers of Martin Van  Buren

Call Number

E 337.8 V35X

The Papers of Martin Van  Buren.Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862.   Alexandria, VA: Chadwyck-Healey, 1987.

MIC FLM E 337.8 V35X 55 reels, 35mm.


Martin Van Buren having an appreciation of the value of his papers as historical records, preserved an abundance of correspondence and other papers. He continued collecting documents during his retirement with a view to writing his memoirs and historical writings. The writings in the microform collection have been gathered from two hundred sixty repositories and private collections. The collection covers incoming, outgoing,and third party correspondence, as well as speeches, notes, reports, and memoranda written both by and for Van Buren. Also included are extracts of Congressional records relating to his votes, address, motions, etc., and newspaper clippings, broadsides, pamphlets, and other printed records. Series II contains a wealth of autobiographical material, Andrew Jackson messages and his daughter-in-law's journal.


Series I , Reels 1 through 50: 

            Collected correspondence and related papers, 1802-1862. All dated materials, including incoming and  outgoing correspondence, third party correspondence, and  miscellaneous papers, are filed chronologically.

       Series II

            Reels 51-52: Martin Van Buren's Autobiography

Reel 53: Autobiographical and Historical Notes

            Reel 54: Andrew Jackson Messages

            Reel 55: Miscellaneous Papers and Angelica Van

                        Buren's Journal


FLM E 337.8 V35X GUIDE

The Papers of Martin Van Buren: Guide and Index to General Correspondence and Miscellaneous Documents by  Lucy Fisher West is a fine guide which includes a brief biographical sketch of Van Buren, a reel list, reel notes, and an index of correspondents. Although third party correspondents are not indexed, important third party papers are listed in the reel notes.


            Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862--Archives

            United States--Politics and government--1837-