Blog Post: Collection


James K. Polk Papers


The purpose of this collection is to compile President Polk’s documents and diaries and correspondants as primary sources.

Document Types

The collection includes correspondence, presidential letterbooks, diaries, speeches and messages, account and memorandum books, family papers, financial and legal records, printed matter, portraits, and other papers relating chiefly to Polk’s political career in Tennessee and on the national level.  Since the collection is about Polk’s writings, any secondary sources, such as books or commentaries, are not included.

Machine Readable?

As far as I have seen, the documents in the collection are not machine readable and have just been scanned onto microfilm.

Example Document

The Declaration of War against Mexico written by President Polk

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