Buchanan: James Buchanan Family Papers

The items in this collection can be viewed in the James Buchanan Presidential Library https://www.lancasterhistory.org/research/james-buchanan-presidential-library/

Object ID: JBFP

22 boxes     7 cubic ft.

Repository: LancasterHistory (Organization); PV7

Shelving Location: Archives South

Scope and Content Note: The James Buchanan Family Papers include correspondence, financial and legal documents, ephemera, newspaper articles, sheet music, and campaign and political documents. Please see the scope and content notes for each Part and Series for more information.

Creators:  Buchanan, James, 1791-1868.

Johnston, Harriet Lane, 1830-1903.

James Buchanan Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland (Lancaster, Pa.)

System of Arrangement: The James Buchanan Family Papers collection is divided into eight (8) parts. Each part is further divided into series and subseries.

Part 1  Papers of James Buchanan

Part 2  Papers of Harriet Lane Johnston

Part 3  Papers of James Buchanan Henry

Part 4  Papers of Edward Young Buchanan

Part 5  Papers of Other Members of the Buchanan Family

Part 6  Papers of Hiram B. Swarr

Part 7  Papers of J. M. Foltz

Part 8  Papers of Others (not part of the family)

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Language: English, French, German, Spanish, Latin

Source of Acquisition: The documents in JBFP, Part 2 were collected by the James Buchanan Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland.

Custodial History (Provenance): This collection was relocated from the Wheatland mansion to Lancaster County’s Historical Society archives in the spring of 2009.

Accruals: No further accruals are expected.

Subject Headings:

Buchanan, James, 1791-1868 (LHo-LOC n 78095586)

Johnston, Harriet Lane, 1830-1903 (LHo-LOC n 78093745)

United States. President (1857-1861 : Buchanan) (LHo-LOC n 78095552)

Wheatland (Lancaster, Pa.) (LHo-LOC sh 88004274)

Business records.



Washington (D.C.)

Baltimore (Md.)

Lancaster (Pa.)

Related Materials at LancasterHistory:

MG0096 James Buchanan Collection

Historical Society of Pennsylvania microfilm in the LancasterHistory Research Library

Photograph collections

Curatorial collections

Wheatland Mansion

Processing History: This collection has been documented, preserved and managed according to professional museum and archives standards. The finding aid was updated using DACS conventions.