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U.S. Presidents from Tennessee (Special Collections): Home

This guide highlights research materials and primary sources in Special Collections related to the U.S. Presidents from Tennessee: Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson.

Special Collections: Getting Started

Special Collections, located on the first floor in Hodges Library, preserves and provides access to rare and unique materials that support instruction and research at the University of Tennessee. Available formats include rare books, manuscripts, letters, diaries, photographs, and digital collections. This research guide identifies special collections materials related to the three U.S. Presidents from Tennessee: Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson.

The guide is not a comprehensive list but, instead, an introduction to prominent topics and themes available in our collections. To find more materials on a specific topic:

General Resources

Use the following to locate general information on the three U.S. Presidents from Tennessee:

Search Terms

There are several search terms to use when looking for materials. The most information may be found by simply using their full name or variations thereof. For example, for James Knox Polk, it is advisable to try "James Polk" or "James K Polk" because some texts do not include his full middle name. Other terms to include in your search may be the names of controversies or bills passed during each president's respective terms, such as "nullification crisis" for Jackson, or "Reconstruction" for Johnson.

The Special Collections online finding aids are indexed using Library of Congress headings. Some relevant headings include:

Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875

Polk, James K., (James Knox), 1795-1849

General Information

  • Lives of the Presidents of the United States of America: From Washington to the Present Time. 1882. (E176.1 .A25)
  • The Ladies of the White House; or, In the Home of the Presidents: A Complete History of the Social and Domestic Lives of the Presidents from Washington to Cleveland. 1886. (E176.1 .L28)
  • More Tales of Tennessee. 1978. (F436.5 .D38)
  • Tennessee's Presidents. 1981. (E176.1 .W7225)
  • Voices for Union. 1996. (E381 .V652 1996)

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