New Online: Digital Edition of the Benjamin Harrison Papers
The papers of U.S. senator from Indiana and U.S. Army officer Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901), who became the twenty-third president of the United States, consist of 69,600 items (178,479 images), most of which were digitized from 151 reels of previously produced microfilm. Spanning the years 1780 to 1948, with the bulk dating from 1853 to 1901, the collection contains correspondence, speeches, articles, notebooks in shorthand, legal papers, financial records, scrapbooks, memorials, printed matter, memorabilia, and other papers.
The collection covers every aspect of Harrison’s life and career. Subjects include relations with his family, the Civil War, Indiana politics, Harrison’s senatorial career (1881-1887) and presidency (1889-1893), the political campaign of 1888, his Indianapolis law practice, and the Venezuela boundary dispute.
The Index to the Benjamin Harrison Papers (PDF and HTML), created by the Manuscript Division in 1964 after the bulk of the collection was microfilmed, provides a full list of the correspondents and notes the series number and dates of the items indexed. This information is helpful in finding individual letters or documents in the online version. Additional letters received by the Library after 1964 are not listed in this index. A current finding aid (PDF and HTML) to the Benjamin Harrison Papers is available online with links to the digital content on this site.
Questions about the collection may be added to this thread or directed to the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, where the original documents and microfilm edition are held.