With the addition of this important collection on the fifth president of the United States, the main holdings of Monroe papers are now available on microfilm from Scholarly Resources: materials in the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and Virginia repositories. The NYPL collection, dated 1772-1836, touches on most aspects of Monroe's political career but does not overlap the other collections distributed by Scholarly Resources.
The Monroe papers in the New York Public Library are divided into two series, as follows:
This series is largely political in content, focusing on constitutional issues; Monroe's tenure as minister plenipotentiary to France; Virginia politics; treaty negotiations with Great Britain, France, and Spain; and such national issues as the spread of slavery, foreign policy, and the Bank of the United States. Included are letters dating from the periods of Monroe's service as secretary of state, secretary of war, and president. Correspondents include Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Quincy Adams.
Provided here are manuscripts of Monroe's autobiography and of The People the Sovereign, Some Observations on the Constitution, and A View of the Conduct of the Executive. Also included are notes, speeches, articles on foreign and domestic policy, treaties with Great Britain and Spain, and a rough draft of a proposed "Bill of Rights."
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