"I Remain" - A Digital Archive of Letters, Manuscripts, and Ephemera
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Civil War
Within this section, letters suggest the emotional as well as physical and political hazards of administering a war against one's own country. A rare cipher letter written days before the Second Battle of Bull Run is here as well as political posters relating to General McClellan, and a postwar letter from Ulysses Grant praising Abraham Lincoln's leadership. As well, there are letters from political figures who would play an active role on the road to war: Robert E. Lee, Daniel Webster, and a letter from Zachary Taylor to his son-in-law, Jefferson Davis.
Cold War
Building on the extensive collection of Congressman Walters' correspondence, this category offers a glimpse into the Cold War preoccupation with communism and the activities of the Soviet Union in letters from Congressman Francis Walters to figures like J. Edgar Hoover, Cardinal Richard Cushing, and Dwight Eisenhower.
Early Republic
In addition to letters about the American Revolution (one of which is written from Yorktown), this section features a body of letters from important figures like Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Jay, John Hancock, and Aaron Burr concerning the governance and administration of the early republic.
The concept of "networking" is by no means a new idea; the collection bears out the existence of a long tradition of a system of referral. The letters of introduction and recommendation within the collection by writers like Ben Franklin, John C. Calhoun, and Abraham Lincoln testify to a culture of referral in which powerful people could select their successors by endorsing their professional as well as personal qualifications in letters written to secure political appointments, military duties, access to institutions of learning, or even audiences with well-known people. In the case study of Congressman Walters' correspondence, the networking involves a dizzying series of thank you notes, congratulations accolades, and condolences (as well as responses by the recipients), the proliferation of which reinforces social connections in a political field.
Presidential Papers
The Presidential Papers contain letters, speeches, memos, and notes in which the Presidents engage in the business of administering domestic policy as well as national security and global issues in their correspondence with governors, senators, representatives, scientists, and ordinary citizens.
Letters in the collection attest and respond to national conflicts; this section features a body of letters from the American Revolution to conflicts fought during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries including the French and Indian War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and World War I and II. The writers focus on issues of national defense, armament, postwar care and pensions for disabled veterans, the possibilities for peace, and speculation about the deployment of weapons-- from rifles to atomic bombs.
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