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The Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Collection contains copies of every known letter Grant wrote and copies of every letter written to him. This is the most complete collection of Grant correspondence in the world (some 15,000 linear feet), consisting of copies of originals at the Library of Congress, National Archives, other public repositories and private collections around the world. The Libraries also have three manuscript boxes of original Grant correspondence, particularly Grant Family material before and after Grant's death in 1885. The Collection also includes photographs, political cartoons, sheet music, art, and artifacts from and relating to Grant's life, military service, and presidency.

The Collection is housed by Mississippi State University Libraries in the Congressional and Political Research Center, which also houses papers from several contemporary state and national politicians. Mississippi State University Libraries contributes an assistant editor, an associate editor, an administrative assistant, and several student assistants to the Grant Presidential Library. The Libraries have also digitized a significant portion of the Presidential Collection and made it available online, free of charge.

An introduction to the Library's holdings.
Information and forms for those wishing to conduct research with the Library's materials.

Digital Collection

An introduction to the Ulysses S. Grant Digital Collection.
The first thirty-one volumes of The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, first compiled by Ulysses S. Grant Association researchers.
Political cartoons from publications such as Harper's Weekly and Puck, offering a variety of illustrated commentary featuring Ulysses S. Grant from the early days of the Civil War to the scandals that rocked his Presidency.
Patriotic sheet music written in honor of U. S. Grant, William T. Sherman, Abraham Lincoln, and the Union Army, ranging from songs composed in the 1860s up to the early 20th century.
This collection of postcards and photographs of Ulysses S. Grant and his family, colleagues, and homes was donated by Chief Justice (ret) Frank J. Williams, President of the Ulysses S. Grant Association, and Virginia Williams. This collection was originally amassed by James A. Bultema, USGA Vice President for Development.
Photographs of worldwide royal figures who hosted President Grant and his wife Julia during their three-year World Tour.
A collection of 130 letters written largely by Ida Honoré Grant to her mother, sister, and other relatives.
Pvt. McKinstry's letters to his mother, aunts and cousins.
The Orville E. Babcock diaries represent the experiences of an Union Army officer and engineer, and aide-de-camp to Ulysses S. Grant.

Finding Aid

A search tool for locating materials in Series III (Unpublished Materials) of the Collection.
A list of initials to speed searching for specific people.
A video tutorial on how to search the database.