Walker Library

Microtext Subject Guide: Political History

Assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy MFM 1 A collection of reproductions of articles from 27 different newspapers and 6 magazines from around the globe at the time of the assassination. Microfilmed by AMCO Microfilming Historical Archive Department, Fresno, California.

  • Format: Microfilm - 1 reel
  • Access: List of titles at beginning of reel

  • Benjamin Cudworth Yancy Papers MFM 220
    Yancy (1817-1891) was a southern planter, lawyer, editor, businessman, civil war officer, and political figure who served at various times as a member of the legislature of three southern states, South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia. This collection of 5,800 items which date from 1800 to 1931 also includes papers of his son, Hamilton Yancy.

  • Format: Microfilm - 16 reels
  • Access: Printed guide in MFM Guides

  • Charles Carroll Papers MFM 206
    Charles Carroll (1737-1832) was a propertied Maryland gentleman, a member of the Committee of Correspondence, an unsuccessful commissioner to Canada "to promote or form a union" between Canada and the colonies, delegate to the Continental Congress, and the representative from Maryland in the first federal Congress until 1782. When he died in 1832 he was considered the wealthiest citizen of the United States and was the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence. Most of the original papers in this collection are located at the Maryland Historical Society.

  • Format: Microfilm - 3 reels
  • Access: Printed Guide to the Microfilm of the Charles Carroll Papers edited by Thomas O'Brien Hanley, 1972.

  • Civil Rights During the Johnson Administration, 1963-1969 MFM 1039
    Todd Library has Part 5: Records of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Kerner Commission). This commission investigated the riots of summer, 1967, especially the Detroit Riot. Their task was to profile the riots, the rioters, their environment, their victims, and their causes and effects as well as to give advice on short-term measures to prevent riots, better measures to contain riots once they begin, and long-term measures of prevention. These records of hearings and reports from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, Austin, Texas, were edited by Steven F. Lawson. From "Black Studies Research Sources" Series.

  • Format: Microfilm - 28 reels
  • Access: Scattered throughout the microfilm are Agenda and Table of Contents pages
  • Additional Subject: Black Studies
  • David Outlaw Papers MFM 219
    Mostly letters from David Outlaw (1806-1868) to his wife Emily, written while he was in Washington, D.C. as a Whig congressman from Windsor, Bertie County, North Carolina, covering the years 1847 to 1855 and one item dated 1866. Originals are in the University of North Carolina Library.
  • Format: Microfilm - 1 reel
  • Access: Printed guide in MFM Guides
  • Additional Subject: History. North Carolina

  • Department of Justice Investigative Files: Part II, The Communist Party MFM 1162 Part II
    When the U.S. entered World War I the Department of Justice launched a campaign of surveillance, infiltration, and prosecution of American radicals that had a profound impact on the political outlook of the American Left. The "Palmer Raids" of 1919-1920 pushed the radicals to develop conspiratorial methods of organization. This collection of records is from the DOJ files relating to the Communist movement kept at the National Archives. It provides a first-hand account of Communist activities through correspondence, reports, and memos of the Attorney General, U.S. attorneys, the FBI, and various Communist and non-Communist organizations and individuals. The topics included cover the period between World Wars I and II.

  • Format: Microfilm - 28 reels
  • Access: Printed Department of Justice Investigative Files: Part II, The Communist Party, 1989, in MFM Guides

  • Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Turks Island, British West Indies, 1818-1906 MFM 611
    Reports to the Department of State from U.S. consular representatives covering a wide range of subjects dealing with economic, political, and social conditions as well as routine matters. From originals in RG 59 at National Archives.

    Format: Microfilm - 16 reels Access: Chronological arrangement

    Henry Clay Warmoth Papers MFM 273
    Henry Clay Warmoth (1842-1931) was an officer in the Union Army during the Civil War, Reconstruction Governor of Louisiana, owner of Magnolia Plantation, railroad investor, and Republican politician. This collection consists of two series, each arranged in chronological order. The correspondence includes approximately 5000 items dating from 1789 to 1934, some belonging to other owners of Magnolia Plantation. The 82 volumes includes scrapbooks and diaries dated 1863-1867 and 1922-1931, plantation journals, slave records, and plantation account books. Originals are in the University of North Carolina Library.

  • Format: Microfilm - 22 reels
  • Access: Printed guide in MFM guides. Individual listing of the volumes in roll notes at beginning of film.

  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Oral History Collection MFM 1172
    The John F.Kennedy Library in Boston contains, among its many documents, oral histories concerning Kennedy's presidency and political career gathered from interviews with over 1,000 people. Transcripts of these interviews are grouped in two parts for this publication. "Part I: The White House and Executive Departments" contains interviews with key officials and aides. "Part II: The Congress, the Judiciary, Public Figures, and Private Individuals" includes all the nonrestricted interviews from those outside the executive branch. Researchers will find addressed here such issues as the Cold War (i.e. Berlin Crisis, 1961; Geneva Conference on Laos; and the nuclear test ban); growing unrest over civil rights, urban renewal and rural development; and states rights vs. federal rights. Also included are transcripts of two panel discussions, one dealing with the origins and development of the federal "poverty programs" of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and the other involving leading press personalities concentrating on Kennedy's relationship with and use of the press. Part of "The Presidential Oral History Series".

  • Format: Microfilm - 24 reels
  • Access: Printed Guide to the Microform Edition of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Oral History Collection, 1988, ed. by Robert E. Lester, in MFM Guides

  • Papers of James Henry Hammond MFM 262
    James Henry Hammond (1807-1844) was governor of South Carolina, U.S. Senator, and large plantation owner. He favored slavery, was an advocate of public education and bank reform, and was a scientific, highly practical manager of his plantation. The chief event of his senatorial career was his speech of March 4, 1858, in reply to Seward's boast that the North would rule the South as a conquered province. Hammond then advanced the theory that the slaves of the South and the wage-earners of the North constituted "the very mudsills of society," and declared, "You dare not make war on cotton - No power on earth dares make war upon it. Cotton is king." These papers from the collection at the Library of Congress contain 33 volumes of correspondence, speeches, etc. dating from 1823 to 1875, diaries covering 1836-1855, Plantation Books from 1832 to 1858, and other miscellaneous material.

  • Format: Microfilm - 20 reels
  • Access: Chronological and alphabetical indexes of correspondents on reel 20

  • John Macpherson Berrien Papers MFM 274
    Approximately 550 items of correspondence and legal papers of John Macpherson Berrien (1781-1856) and his son Lawrence C. Berrien. The greater portion of the papers cover the 1830's, 1840's, and 1850's when John Berrien was active as Attorney General in Jackson's cabinet and as a U.S. Senator for Georgia. Originals are in the University of North Carolina Library.

  • Format: Microfilm - 3 reels
  • Access: Printed guide in MFM Guides

  • John Rutledge Papers MFM 276
    These are largely the papers of John Rutledge (1766-1819) who was third in a line of five prominent Charlestonians of that name. He usually signed his name John Rutledge, Jr. or Gen. John Rutledge (War of 1812) to distinguish between him and his more famous father, the governor of South Carolina. This Rutledge served several terms in the South Carolina legislature and one term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Extensive water damage to many of the original papers, housed at the University of North Carolina Library, result in poor legibility of many of the reproductions.

  • Format: Microfilm - 2 reels
  • Access: Printed guide in MFM Guides

  • Map Room Messages of President Roosevelt (1939-1945) MFM 731
    In addition to the Map Room Papers, this collection contains communications between President Franklin Roosevelt and Churchill, Stalin, Chiang Kai-Shek, Harriman (Ambassador to Moscow), Hurley (Ambassador to China), and Winant (Ambassador to Great Britain). Also included are Roosevelt's personal file, 1941-1944, his secretary's file, and miscellaneous presidential messages.

  • Format: Microfilm - 9 reels
  • Access: Printed Map Room Messages of President Roosevelt (1939-1945) [and] The Presidential Diaries of Henry Morgenthau,Jr. (1938-1945) in MFM Guides
  • Additional Subject: History. U.S. Foreign Relations

  • Oral Histories of the Johnson Administration, 1963-1969 MFM 1171
    The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, Texas, contains, among its many documents, oral histories gathered from interviews with more than 1000 people. Some of the transcripts are not included in this collection due to privacy restrictions. Those published here are divided into two parts. "Part I: The White House and Executive Departments" contains interviews with key officials and aides. "Part II: The Congress, the Judiciary, Public Figures, and Private Individuals" includes histories from those outside the executive branch. Here are firsthand recollections from those involved in the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, the War on Poverty, and other issues of the 1960's. Part of "The Presidential Oral History Series".

  • Format: Microfilm - 39 reels
  • Access: Printed Guide to the Microform Edition of Oral Histories of the Johnson Administration..., 1988, ed. by Robert E. Lester, in MFM Guides, provides index by interviewees. Many transcripts contain their own table of contents on the microfilm.

  • Organization of American States Treaty Series MFM 3976
    A collection of the sixty-eight inter-American treaties signed by member states of the Organization of American States through 1988. Includes multilateral, bilateral, and regional agreements, conventions and treaties deposited with the General Secretariat of the OAS, as well as information about signatures, accessions, ratifications, declarations, and reservations.

  • Format: Microfiche
  • Access: Print Index to the Organization of American States Treaty Series in microfiche guides.
  • Additional Subject: History. U.S.
  • Additional Subject: History. South America
  • Additional Subject: History. Latin America

  • Papers of Aaron Burr, 1756-1836 MFM 454
    The outline of the career of Aaron Burr (1756-1836) is well known - a short military career, Vice-President under Jefferson, a duel with Hamilton, the "Burr Conspiracy", trial and acquittal of treason charges, self-imposed exile in Europe, and return to New York to a small law practice. These papers reveal many little-known details and subtleties of his life and career. Public and private papers show consistent patterns of interest in territorial expansion and the internal improvements of frontier regions. Burr's correspondence for 1804-1807 and records of U.S. vs Burr offer source material for research on the "Burr Conspiracy". The Journal for his years in Europe (1808-1812) is a fascinating record of intellectual and social life in Great Britain and on the Continent during the Napoleonic era. After his return to New York his personal correspondence reveals the economic and social patterns of families left without fathers or husbands in the early 19th century and his correspondence as a lawyer together with case papers offer documentation for the social issues reflected in suits concerning family law, the distribution of estates, and guardianship as well as a unique record of a lawyer's practice in this era.

  • Format: Microfilm - 27 reels
  • Access: Printed Guide to the Papers of Aaron Burr, 1756-1836 in MFM Guides
  • Additional Subject: Social Sciences
  • Additional Subject: Law

  • Papers of Aaron Columbus Burr MFM 454A
    Aaron Columbus Burr was the adopted son of Aaron Burr. This collection of his papers consists of correspondence and business papers dated 1838-1871 relating to an attempt by A.C. Burr and James Grant to purchase a tract of land known as Stand Creek in British Honduras. They hoped to sell the land to the United States to be used for colonizing freed American blacks. When this plan failed, the American Honduras Company was formed to cut and export mahogany.

  • Format: Microfilm - 1 reel
  • Access: Chronological arrangement

  • Papers of Andrew Jackson MFM 962
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) was one of a handful of people who dominated American life in the first half of the 19th century. Considered by many to be one of the nation's strongest presidents, he is also one of the most controversial. The documents in this collection portray both the man and the period. The personal, public, and official letters, speeches, memoranda, legal papers and opinions, receipts, accounts, and deeds chronicle his life as he reacted to people, issues and events in a time of transition. This microfilm collection is a result of an exhaustive worldwide search for Jackson documents and supplements the microfilms of Jackson papers in the Library of Congress and the National Archives.

  • Format: Microfilm - 39 reels
  • Access: Printed The Papers of Andrew Jackson; Guide and Index to the Microfilm Editions in MFM Guides and guide and index at end of microfilm reel 39

    Papers of Charles Sumner MFM 1038
    Charles Sumner (1811-1874) was a prominent student, lawyer, reformer, and U.S. Senator. In the Senate and in his private life he was a major advocate for reforms, especially ending slavery, and was vitally concerned about America's intellectual reputation. Therefore, the Sumner correspondence collected here touches upon virtually every aspect of political, social, and intellectual life in mid-nineteenth century America. The collection is divided into two series. Series I contains all letters to and from Sumner in the Charles Sumner Papers collection at the Houghton Library, arranged chronologically. Series II contains all existing letters outside the Charles Sumner Papers collection, both to and from Sumner, which could be found through an exhaustive search over Europe and North America.

  • Format: Microfilm - 85 reels
  • Access: Printed Guide and Index to the Papers of Charles Sumner, 1988, in MFM Guides

  • Papers of Salmon P. Chase, 1755-1898 MFM 503
    Salmond Portland Chase (1808-1873) was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Senator from and Governor of Ohio, Secretary of the Treasury in Lincoln's cabinet, lawyer, and abolitionist. This collection of approximately 12,150 items contains correspondence, diaries, letterbooks, speeches and writings, memoranda, financial and legal papers, and miscellany. The bulk of the material spans the years 1824-72. Beyond the detailed account of Chase's personal and professional life outlined in his diaries and correspondence, specific topics dealt with include his Cincinnati law practice, Ohio and national politics, the Liberty Party, anti-slavery activities, problems of national finance and banking, creation of a national currency (the issue of "greenbacks"), Civil War and Reconstruction, business of the Treasury Department and the Supreme Court, the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act. A copy of Appeal of the Independent Democrats, written by Chase to denounce the Kansas-Nebraska Bill, is included in the speeches and the miscellany includes an unfinished biography of Chase written by Edward L. Pierce in 1854 or 1855 when he was a student in Chase's office. Filmed from manuscripts at the Library of Congress.

  • Format: Microfilm - 38 reels
  • Access: Microfilmed card index to correspondence on first four reels; Some volumes of letterbooks are indexed.

  • Papers of William H. Seward MFM 631
    William H. Seward (1801-1872) was a lawyer, antislavery orator, reformer, governor of New York, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State under Presidents Lincoln and Johnson. He played a key role in shaping the foreign and domestic policies of the U.S. during the periods of sectional conflict, Civil War, and Reconstruction. These papers include his correspondence; his Public Papers as Governor, Senator, and Secretary of State; his personal, financial, and legal papers; drafts of a number of his speeches; memorabilia related to his career; and related papers belonging to his family. Students of political science, economics, and social, intellectual, and diplomatic history of the 19th century will find much source material here. The originals are at the University of Rochester.

  • Format: Microfilm - 198 reels
  • Access: Printed The Papers of William H. Seward; Guide and Index to the Microfilm Collection, 1983, in MFM Guides

  • President Kennedy and the Press (1961-1963) MFM 1173
    This publication contains transcripts of press conferences with Press Secretary Pierre Salinger and assistants, messages and press releases from the White House, and transcripts of the presidential press conferences during the one thousand days of the Kennedy presidency.

  • Format: Microfilm - 20 reels
  • Access: Printed Guide to ... President Kennedy and the Press, 1982, ed. by Paul Kesaris, provides reel lists by date only.

  • The Presidential Diaries of Henry Morgenthau, Jr. (1938-1945) MFM 732
    This collection contains memos, letters, press releases, and notes of communications between Morgenthau, who was U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, and Presidents Roosevelt and Truman. Subjects include public finance, Lend-Lease, Victory Bonds, and currency questions during World War II.

  • Format: Microfilm - 2 reels
  • Access: Printed Map Room Messages of President Roosevelt (1939-1945) [and] The Presidential Diaries of Henry Morgenthau, Jr. (1938-1945)

  • State Constitutional Conventions from Independence to the Completion of the Present Union; 1776-1959 MFE 347
    Official records of the state constitutional conventions and copies of the constitutions which were adopted. Todd Library has the following states: Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

  • Format: Microfiche
  • Access: Printed annotated bibliography of the original materials - State Constitutional Conventions in MFE Guides.

  • Thomas Ewing, Sr. Papers MFM 477A
    Thomas Ewing, Sr. (1789-1871) was U.S. Senator from Ohio, Secretary of the Treasury under Harrison and Tyler, Secretary of the Interior under Taylor and Fillmore, advisor to President Andrew Johnson, highly successful lawyer, and worker and owner in the salt- boiling business. This collection of papers includes his correspondence, law papers, financial papers, and miscellaneous items. The originals are at the University of Notre Dame Archives.

  • Format: Microfilm - 6 reels
  • Access: Printed Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the Thomas Ewing, Sr., Papers in MFM Guides
  • Timothy Pickering Papers MFM 91
    Timothy Pickering (1745-1829) held many public offices including Adjutant General, Quartermaster General, Postmaster General, Secretary of War, Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and U.S. Representative. This collection includes his personal letters and official correspondence providing much source material on U.S. history during the Revolution and first four presidential administrations.

  • Format: Microfilm - 69 reels
  • Access: Printed Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the Timothy Pickering Papers in MFM Guides. Microfilm reprint of Historical Index to the Pickering Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society Collections, covers volumes 5-62. Reel 69 includes a "Calendar of Volumes 1-4 and 63-66" and index to all the names mentioned in volumes 5-62.
  • [U.S. Constitution] Microform Supplement; The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution MFE 1438
    Intended to provide fuller documentation of the history of the debate over the U.S. Constitution than is possible in the printed document. This supplement contains official documents, letters, and newspaper items arranged chronologically, with a "list of the documents" at the beginning of each state. States included are Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Georgia.
  • Format: Microfiche
  • Access: Chronological arrangement

  • U.S. Military Intelligence Reports: Surveillance of Radicals in the United States, 1917- 1941 MFM 1175
    This publication contains the most significant reports on American radicals from the records of the Military Intelligence Division located at the National Archives. It does not include files concerned with radicalism and suspected subversion among American blacks because they are covered in another publication (see MFM 1163, entry # 13). In addition to many reports, included here are three distinct subsets of records: first, a nearly complete set of the weekly "General Intelligence Bulletin" of the Justice Department's Bureau of Investigation for 1920-1921; second, files from army recruiting stations on local radical conditions in 1920; and third, regular monthly reports on radical activities from nine regional army corps areas in the U.S. from 1932 to 1941.

  • Format: Microfilm - 34 reels
  • Access: Printed U.S. Military Intelligence Reports; Surveillance of Radicals in the United States, 1917-1941, 1984, ed. by Randolph Boehm, in MFM Guides

  • Watergate Cover-Up Trial Transcript MFM 1157
    The official court transcripts (nearly 10,000 pages) of the day-to-day account of the trial proceedings of H. R. Haldeman, John Erlichman, John Mitchell, Robert Mardian, and Kenneth Parkinson from Oct. 15, 1974 through Jan. 1, 1975, plus the sentencing of the defendants in February, 1975. Filmed from the daily transcripts acquired by The New York Times.

  • Format: microfilm - 3 reels
  • Access: Abstracts and table of contents on film

  • William Lowndes Papers MFM 275 Primarily the papers of William Lowndes (1782-1822), lawyer, planter, and political figure. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives for South Carolina from 1810 to 1822 where he was an enthusiastic member of the "War Hawks".

  • Format: Microfilm - 2 reels
  • Access: Printed guide in MFM Guides

  • William Wirt Papers MFM 654
    William Wirt (1772-1834) was an author, essayist, historian, popular orator, eminent lawyer, Attorney General of the U.S. (1817-1829), and unsuccessful candidate for presidency in 1832. He participated in almost every litigation of national significance from the Callender trial in 1800 to the Cherokee cases of 1831-32. Since he was away from his family much of the time, he conducted a voluminous correspondence with his wife and children. He was a gifted writer, and his candid , often gossipy, letters and papers provide invaluable insight into the cultural, social, political, and legal history of three decades.

  • Format: Microfilm - 24 reels
  • Access: Chronological arrangement of correspondence followed by miscellaneous material; roll list on reel 1

  • Winthrop Sargent Papers MFM 124
    Winthrop Sargent (1753-1820) was a typical representative of the New England upper class. He was the son of a wealthy merchant, educated at Harvard, served as an officer in the Revolution, served in public offices, supported the Federalist position in politics, and made a solid contribution to the establishment of an orderly government in the Northwest Territory. His Papers contain diaries, correspondence, books, pamphlets, and papers including many relating to the Ohio Company, the Northwest Territory, and the Mississippi Territory as well as a Ph.D. thesis by Benjamin H. Pershing entitled "Winthrop Sargent: A Builder in the Old Northwest" (University of Chicago, 1927).

  • Format: Microfilm - 7 reels
  • Access: Printed Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the Winthrop Sargent Papers in MFM Guides