The Candidates (Part One)

Every four years a presidential election rolls around, and we are reminded of the history of those exciting weeks in autumn. The National Historical Publications and Records Commission has played a key role in documenting those elections through preserving and publishing the papers of the winners and the also-rans. This week let’s look at who got the job.

Fifteen U.S. presidents have been documented in complete or in-progress print editions supported by the NHPRC, and three others have had their papers preserved through microfilm collections. In addition, six presidents–Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon–are part of the Presidential Recordings project at the University of Virginia.

Here’s where to find them:

  • Founders Online — Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and John Quincy Adams are part of the corpus of 185,000 documents captured here. 

Next week, the Also-Rans!

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