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John Jordan Crittenden papers

 Collection — Reel: microfilm
Identifier: LG-28

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 14 reels of microfilm of the John J. Crittenden papers held at the Library of Congress. Correspondence, legal papers and some speeches and state papers comprise the collection. Correspondence mainly covers Crittenden's career as senator, U.S. attorney general (1841, 1850-1853) and governor of Kentucky (1848-1850).

Subjects include national politics, particularly tariff and banking matters, Texas, Mexico, slavery, the southern Whigs, Crittenden's relations with Henry Clay, and reactions to the Crittenden Compromise, Kentucky politics and law. Correspondents include George E. Badger, Francis Preston Blair Sr., Albert T. Burnley, Orlando Brown, Henry Clay, John M. Clayton, Charles A. Davis, Reverdy Johnson, Richard M. Johnson, Amos A. Lawrence, Robert Perkins Letcher, C. S. Morehead, Samuel S. Nicholas, John Pendleton, Winfield Scott, Zachary Taylor, Robert Tombs, and Robert C. Winthrop.

(Michigan State University., Honhart, F. L., Jude, S. P., Howard, S. R., & Zito, A. (1976). A guide to the Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections. East Lansing, MI: publisher not identified.)


  • 1782 - 1888


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction and publication restricted, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.


John Crittenden was a lawyer and statesman. He served as a U.S. senator, U.S. attorney general (1841, 1850-1853), and as governor of Kentucky (1848-1850).


0.25 Cubic Feet (, 14 reels of microfilm (2,600 items))

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from the Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.

Reproduction Note

Microfilm. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, circa 1970. 14 reels ; 35 mm.

John Jordan Crittenden Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US