Monthly Archives: June 2015

New Partners!

Three exciting new partners have joined CPC! They are:

  • Indiana Historical Society
  • The James Monroe Papers
  • The Truman Little White House

We are very excited about these great new partners and their fascinating collections!

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The Indiana Historical Society adds the Harrison presidents to CPC—William Henry Harrison (1841) and Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893). Benjamin was the grandson of William Henry Harrison, who is notable because he was only in office for one month before he died of pneumonia. He served the shortest time of any U.S. president.

The Indiana Historical Society materials include items from William’s time as governor of the Indiana Territory and his service in the War of 1812. On March 27, 1814, Colonel A. Butler wrote to Major General Harrison to report on the current states of British forces along the lake shore in Canada. The Benjamin Harrison collection includes images of President Harrison and his cabinet and Caroline Harrison and their daughter Mary Harrison. First Lady Caroline Harrison died in 1892 while Benjamin Harrison was president. His daughter, Mary (Mrs. J.R. McGee), took over the First Lady duties after her mother’s death.

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The James Monroe Papers are a valuable collection of letters that span across Monroe’s long career in public service. He served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution and as a U.S. Senator for Virginia, U.S. minister to France, governor of Virginia, secretary of state, secretary of war, and U.S. president. On May 10, 1784, Thomas Jefferson wrote to James Monroe with a list of books that Jefferson sold to Monroe. The collection also includes the farm manager’s daybook of weather, activities, and accounts at Oak Hill in 1830. Oak Hill was Monroe’s residence in Loudon County, Virginia, where he retired at the end of his presidency in 1825. The Monroe Papers are slightly different than many of the CPC partners as the links to their materials take users to a landing page for the papers project and there are instructions for how to access the materials.

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The Truman Little White House based in Key West, Florida, was the president’s get-away from Washington, D.C., to warmer and sunnier climates. The collection includes the logs kept by the U.S. Navy of President Truman’s visits to Key West. They include specific details such as the members of the president’s party and the maximum and minimum temperatures when Truman was visiting. They also contain the president’s activities each day with amazing particulars. The log from March 7-27, 1952, noted when the President came downstairs each day (at 7:40 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, 1952) to what cars he traveled in (four Mercury sedans for the president and his party and four Ford sedans for the secret service). The Little White House collection also includes a small sampling of photos from Truman’s visits including the president with a six-pound grouper.

We are always looking to add new partners to CPC and to make descriptions about their collections part of the CPC site. So please get in touch with us if you and your institution have digital collections on the U.S. presidents and want to be part of this exciting project. You can email us at presidentialcollections@virginia.edu.

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