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William McKinley papers, circa 1847-1935

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REEL 81-85 Series 4, Speeches, 1878-1901
Speeches by McKinley, including press releases, reading copies, printed speeches and galley proofs, annotated typed drafts, handwritten drafts, shorthand notes dictated by McKinley, and background memoranda. Included are copies of speeches delivered by officials who introduced McKinley and speeches by cabinet members who accompanied the president on his speaking tours.
Arranged chronologically. Where more than one speech was made within a day, arrangement is by order of delivery. Miscellaneous undated speeches are arranged alphabetically by author at the end of the series.
REEL 81 1878, Apr.-1896
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REEL 82 1896-1899 Feb. 16
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REEL 83 1899, Feb. 17-1900, July 7
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REEL 84 1900, July 9-1901, Apr.
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REEL 85 1901, May-Sept. 5
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REEL 85-87 Series 5, Messages, 1897-1900
McKinley's messages to Congress and presidential proclamations, including some final printed copies, press releases, typed copies, galley proofs, drafts, shorthand notes, memoranda, and background data.
Arranged chronologically with the final copy appearing first.
REEL 85 1897, Mar. 15-1898, Dec. 3
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REEL 86 1898, Dec. 5-1899, Nov. 27
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REEL 87 1899, Nov.-1900
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REEL 87-90 Series 6, Record of Letters Received, 1897-1901
List of letters received at the White House and forwarded to other departments of the government. Each entry has a short subject description and the name of the department to which the original letter was sent.
Entries listed alphabetically within each volume; under each letter of the alphabet, the correspondents are listed in chronological order according to date received.
REEL 87 Vol. 1, 1897, Mar.-Apr.
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REEL 88 Vols. 2-4, 1897-1898
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REEL 89 Vols. 4 (cont.)-6, 1898-1899
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REEL 90 Vol. 7, 1900-1901
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REEL 90-92 Series 7, Shorthand Notebooks and Notes, 1898-1901
Shorthand notebooks and loose shorthand notes of dictation taken by secretaries John A. Porter and George B. Cortelyou. Most of the notes cover periods when McKinley was on a speaking tour.
Arranged in chronological order.
REEL 90 1898, Feb.-1899, Aug.
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REEL 91 1899, Aug. 22-1900, Apr.
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REEL 92 1900, May-1901, May
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REEL 92 Series 8, Guest List for Receptions at the White House, 1901
The official White House guest list includes several separate lists of names and addresses. Organized in the following categories: cabinet, diplomatic corps, Supreme Court, courtesy list, those invited to all receptions, newspaper correspondents, Congress, President and Mrs. McKinley's personal list, military officers, clergymen, society list, and miscellaneous.
REEL 92 Guest list, 1901
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REEL 92 Series 9, Photographs, 1901
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Transferred to Prints and Photographs Division in 1981:
  • Photographic portrait of McKinley (a raised photograph, framed), 1901
  • Photographs of the McKinley administration (bound volume including photographs of McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, the cabinet, and the United States Senate), 1901
REEL 92 Series 10, Assassination Records, 1901
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Includes a scrapbook containing the tickertape reports of the attending physicians on McKinley's medical progress from the time he was shot until he died on September 14, 1901; a pocket memoranda book of Pressley M. Rixey, surgeon general, covering the period from September, 1900 to July, 1901, when he attended President and Mrs. McKinley; and a volume of letters, memoranda, and speeches by prominent men (1936-1943) most of which were printed in Charles U. Gordon (compiler), William McKinley Commemorative Tributes (1942).
REEL 92-93 Series 11, Miscellaneous Manuscripts, 1897-1901
Undated memoranda arranged alphabetically by subjects; poetry arranged alphabetically by author; undated Presidential Office Staff letter résumés arranged alphabetically by correspondent concerned; a few legal briefs and court decisions, arranged chronologically; check stubs arranged chronologically; two pocket notebooks; and a banner of the state of Ohio. Also included are annotated calling cards arranged alphabetically; envelopes arranged alphabetically by writer; and several miscellaneous membership certificates.
REEL 92 1897-1900
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REEL 93 1900-1901
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REEL 94-98 Series 12, Scrapbooks, 1897-1901
Bound scrapbooks of newspaper clippings. The first nine volumes are classified "Current Comment" and consist of newspaper editorials. Following these are two volumes entitled "Social and Personal," two volumes labeled "Personal," two volumes labeled "Social World," one volume covering "At the White House," two volumes on McKinley's inaugural addresses, then volumes covering foreign affairs, one volume of speeches and comments of William Jennings Bryan during the 1900 campaign, and two volumes of clippings covering miscellaneous affairs.
Volumes arranged under subject headings and therein chronologically.
REEL 94 Vols. 1-6
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REEL 95 Vols. 6 (cont.)-13
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REEL 96 Vols. 13 (cont.)-20
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REEL 97 Vols. 20 (cont.)-26
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REEL 98 Vols. 27-34
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BOX 13:1-13:4 Series 13, Newspaper Clippings, 1898-1901
Loose miscellaneous clippings not included in the scrapbooks.
BOX 13:1 Civil service methods, 1898, June-1899, July
Taylor, Henry, scraps collected by, 1899, June-1900, July
1898, Dec. 14-21 , Southern
May , Western
June , New England
(1 folder)
BOX 13:2 (1 folder)
Mar. 25 , New York
Apr. 19-27 , New York
1901, Mar.-Apr. , New England
(5 folders)
BOX 13:3 1898-1900
(8 folders)
BOX 13:4 1900-1901, undated
(12 folders)
BOX 14:1-14:11 Series 14, Printed Matter, 1883-1902
Primarily printed addresses, campaign material, government documents, reports of government agencies, resolutions and bills by Congress, pamphlets covering foreign relations, and travel information.
BOX 14:1 “Abraham Lincoln,” by McKinley, 1896, Feb. 12
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Association of Salida, Colo., 1897, Dec. 23
Act for Increasing the Efficiency of the Army of the United States, and for Other Purposes, undated
Act Making Appropriation for the Support of the Regular and Volunteer Army for the Fiscal Year Ending, 1900, June 30
Act Temporarily to Provide Revenues and a Civil Government for Porto Rico, and for Other Purposes, 1900, Apr. 12
Act to Amend the Laws Relating to American Seamen for the Protection of Such Seamen, and to Promote Commerce, undated
Act to Encourage the Holding of a Pan-American Exposition on the Niagara Frontier, within the County of Erie or Niagara, in the State of New York, in the Year of 1901
Act of Provide for Celebrating the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Purchase of the Louisiana Territory by the United States, 1901
Act to Provide for Temporarily Increasing the Military Establishment of the United States in Time of War, and for Other Purposes, undated
Act to Regulate and Improve the Civil Service of the United States, 1883, Jan. 16
Atlanta, Ga., 1900, May 30
“An Act to Provide Revenue for the Government and to Encourage the Industries of the United States,” by John A. Kasson, 1897, July 24
“Bimetallism,” by Joseph C. Sibley, 1893, Aug. 18
Carnegie Library, 1897, Nov. 3
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1899, Oct. 16
Centennial of the Admission of the State of Tennessee into the Union, by J. M. Dickinson, June 1, 1891
Commercial Club, Boston, Mass., 1899, Feb. 17
Dedication of the Grant Monument, New York, N.Y., 1897, Apr. 27
Ecumenical Conference, by McKinley, undated
Exercises in Honor of the Return from Manila of the Tenth Pennsylvania Regiment, U. S. Volunteers, 1899, Aug. 28
General Court, Boston, Mass., 1899, Feb. 17
Home Market Club Banquet, 1897, Mar. 1
Laboring Men, by James H. Eckels, 1900, Oct. 5
National Opening of the Philadelphia Museums, Philadelphia, Pa., by McKinley, 1897, June 2
Officers and Students of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa., 1898, Feb. 22
Ohio Bankers' Association, Columbus, Ohio, 1900, Oct. 24
Ohio Chickamauga National Park Commission, 1896
Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, by Rutherford B. Hayes, 1893, June 20
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