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Collection
James Buchanan Collection
Object ID
MG0096
Date Range
1816-present
  1 document  
Description Level
Fonds
Collection
James Buchanan Collection
Description
The James Buchanan Collection, 1816-present, contains material that pertains to the life and legacy of James Buchanan and his Lancaster home, Wheatland. The collection includes correspondence of James Buchanan and letters written by his niece, Harriet Lane Johnston. Newspaper articles discuss Buchanan's life and Wheatland, tell the story of Buchanan's romance with Ann Coleman, and report on commemorative events. Legal and personal business are represented by deeds, financial matters, and Buchanan's probate records.
Political papers include the Presidential appointment of Buchanan as Minister to Russia, certification to represent Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate, and a series of letters regarding the Atlantic slave trade in 1819 and Liberia in 1858. In letters, Buchanan outlined his reasons for not wanting to run for Governor, wrote about the confidence bestowed on him by the Democratic Party, and established a fund for the city of Lancaster to purchase wood and coal for poor women during the winter. After the Crimean War, Buchanan wrote to the ambassador to the United Kingdom and observed that Russia seemed to be intent on recovering its military prestige and had made vast naval preparations.
There is an assortment of ephemera, such as programs for memorial celebrations, material related to John Updike's play Buchanan Dying, commemorative stamps, sheet music, and invitations. Souvenir pamphlets from Wheatland provide history about Buchanan's home and the museum. Speeches range from those given by Buchanan to several that honor his life and Presidency. A scrapbook describes the establishment of Wheatland as a museum and contains newspaper articles about archaeology on the site in 1948.
Admin/Biographical History
James Buchanan was born on April 23, 1791 to James Buchanan and Elizabeth Speer. He was the second child born out of ten children, and he would go on to outlive all but one of his siblings. Most popularly remembered as Pennsylvania's only President and as a lifelong bachelor, Buchanan committed a lifetime to politics. In 1821, he left his law practice and embarked on his political career after having been voted into the U.S. House of Representatives. He would remain in the House for five consecutive terms before serving as the U.S. Minister to Russia, a Senator in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Secretary of State, the U.S. Minister to Great Britain, and finally, the 15th President of the United States. He died in his bedchamber at Wheatland at 8:30 AM on June 1, 1868. He was 77 years old.
Custodial History
Digitization of the James Buchanan Collection was funded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, PHMC Appl ID # 201808013051, 2019-2020.
James Buchanan and Wheatland Scrapbook, February 1936-May
1948 was cataloged as part of a project funded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, ME60112, 2007-2008.
Date Range
1816-present
Creation Date
1816-present
Year Range From
1816
Creator
LancasterHistory (Organization)
People
Buchanan, James
Johnston, Harriet Lane
Other Creators
Buchanan, James (1791-1868)
Subjects
Ambassadors
Historic houses
Legal documents
Legislators--United States
Letters
Memorials
Monuments
Personal correspondence
Presidents--United States
Russia
Slavery
Statues
Wheatland (Lancaster, Pa.)
Search Terms
Ambassadors
Buchanan Collections
Historic houses
James Buchanan
James Buchanan Presidential Library
Legal documents
Letters
Memorials
Monuments
Correspondence, Personal
Presidents
Russia
Senators, United States
Slavery
Statues
Wheatland
Extent
2 boxes, 80 folders, 1 scrapbook, 1 oversized item, 4 cubic ft.
Object Name
Archive
Language
English
Object ID
MG0096
Location
LancasterHistory
Room
Archives South
Wall
Side 3
Location of Originals
Location of originals is noted when known.
Newspaper articles were preserved as photocopies.
Associated Material
James Buchanan Papers, Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections http://archives.dickinson.edu/collection-descriptions/james-buchanan-papers
James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Papers, Library of Congress https://www.loc.gov/collections/james-buchanan-and-harriet-lane-johnston-papers/
James Buchanan Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, http://www2.hsp.org/collections/manuscripts/b/Buchanan0091.html
James Buchanan Papers, Penn State University Libraries, https://libraries.psu.edu/findingaids/1458.htm
Related Item Notes
James Buchanan Family Papers (JBFP)
Historical Society of Pennsylvania microfilm in the LancasterHistory Research Library
LancasterHistory Library collection
Photograph collection
Curatorial collection
Wheatland Mansion
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Please use digital images and transcriptions when available.
Original documents may be used by appointment. Please contact archives@lancasterhistory.org at least two weeks prior to visit.
Copyright
Images have been provided for research purposes only.
LancasterHistory retains the rights to the digital images and content presented. The doctrine of fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder. Fair use includes comment, criticism, teaching, and private scholarship. Any images and data downloaded, printed or photocopied for these purposes should provide a citation. All other uses beyond those allowed by fair use require written permission.
Permission for reproduction and/or publication must be obtained in writing from LancasterHistory. Some items are photocopies from other collections--researchers must obtain permission for reproduction and publication from the owner of the original material. Persons wishing to publish any material from this site must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright or other use restrictions. Publication fees may apply.
To make a request, please contact archives@lancasterhistory.org for a high-resolution image and permission to publish.
Credit
Courtesy of LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Documents
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Diplomatic dispatches of the Dept. of State, 1833-1864 : Russia, v.14

https://collections.lancasterhistory.org/en/permalink/lhdo13549
Date of Publication
1946.
Call Number
Drawer 1, Sec. 5: #425
Place of Publication
Washington, DC
Publisher
The National Archives of the United States ,
Date of Publication
1946.
Physical Description
1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.
Notes
Used as research material for MU Thesis "Simon Cameron's Political Exile as United States Minister to Russia" by Lamar Landon Libhart.
Subjects
United States - Politics and government - 1783-1865.
United States - Foreign relations - Russia - 1783-1865.
Additional Corporate Author
Buchanan, James ,
Cameron, Simon,
Taylor, Bayard ,
Location
Lancaster History Library - Microfilm
Call Number
Drawer 1, Sec. 5: #425
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First Mennonite villages in Russia, 1789-1943 : Khortitsa, Rosental

https://collections.lancasterhistory.org/en/permalink/lhdo2631
Author
Kroeker, N. J.,
Date of Publication
c1981.
Call Number
289.747 K93
Responsibility
N.J. Kroeker.
ISBN
0889252947
Author
Kroeker, N. J.,
Place of Publication
Vancouver, B.C
Publisher
N.J. Kroeker,
Date of Publication
c1981.
Physical Description
279 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Notes
Includes index.
Bibliography: p. 270-272.
Subjects
Mennonites - Ukraine - Khortytsia
Mennonites - Ukraine - Kantserivka
Khortytsia (Ukraine) - History.
Kantserivka (Ukraine) - History.
Russia - History.
Location
Lancaster History Library - Book
Call Number
289.747 K93
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From Prussia to Russia in 1788-1789

https://collections.lancasterhistory.org/en/permalink/lhdo14928
Author
Goertz, Adalbert
Call Number
905.748 MFH v.2
Responsibility
by Adalbert Goertz.
Author
Goertz, Adalbert
Physical Description
92-93 p.
Notes
In: Mennonite Family History, v.2 (July 1983).
Subjects
Dyck family.
Wieb family.
Germany - Emigration and immigration - 18th century.
Russia - Emigration and immigration - 18th century.
Location
Lancaster History Library - Periodical Article
Call Number
905.748 MFH v.2
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Collection
James Buchanan Collection
Object ID
MG0096 F001 In03
Date Range
1833/06/20
  2 documents     4 images  
Description Level
Item
Collection
James Buchanan Collection
Description
Letter from Henry Buehler to James Buchanan (9th U.S. Minister to Russia) in St. Petersburg, Russia. Buehler writes his opinion on Europe. Harrisburg, PA.
Custodial History
Digitization of the James Buchanan Collection was funded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, PHMC Appl ID # 201808013051, 2019-2020.
Date Range
1833/06/20
Creator
Buehler, Henry
People
Buehler, Henry
Buchanan, James
Subjects
Letters
Ambassadors
Russia
Search Terms
Correspondence
Letters
James Buchanan
Buchanan Collections
Ambassadors
Russia
James Buchanan Presidential Library
Extent
1 item, 4 pages to scan, 25 x 20 cm
Object Name
Letter
Language
English
Object ID
MG0096 F001 In03
Parent Object ID
MG0096
Other Number
MG-0096, Folder 001, Insert 03
Location
LancasterHistory, Lancaster, PA
Room
Archives South
Container
MG-0096, Box 1
Associated Material
James Buchanan Papers, Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections,
http://archives.dickinson.edu/collection-descriptions/james-buchanan-papers
James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Papers, Library of Congress,
https://www.loc.gov/collections/james-buchanan-and-harriet-lane-johnston-papers/
James Buchanan Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
http://www2.hsp.org/collections/manuscripts/b/Buchanan0091.html
James Buchanan Papers, Penn State University Libraries,
https://libraries.psu.edu/findingaids/1458.htm
Related Item Notes
James Buchanan Family Papers
MG-96 James Buchanan Collection
Historical Society of Pennsylvania microfilm
Photograph collections
Curatorial collections
Wheatland Mansion
Notes
May 2020 PastPerfect Conversion
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Please use digital images and transcriptions when available. Original documents may be used by appointment. Please contact archives@lancasterhistory.org at least two weeks prior to visit.
Copyright
Images have been provided for research purposes only. Please contact archives@lancasterhistory.org for a high-resolution image and permission to publish.
LancasterHistory retains the rights to the digital images and content presented. The doctrine of fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder. Fair use includes comment, criticism, teaching, and private scholarship. Any images and data downloaded, printed or photocopied for these purposes should provide a citation. All other uses beyond those allowed by fair use require written permission.
Permission for reproduction and/or publication must be obtained in writing from LancasterHistory. Some items are photocopies from other collections--researchers must obtain permission for reproduction and publication from the owner of the original material.
Persons wishing to publish any material from this site must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright or other use restrictions. Publication fees may apply.
Credit
Courtesy of LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pa.
Images
Documents
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Collection
James Buchanan Collection
Object ID
MG0096 F079
Date Range
1855/12/22
  2 documents     4 images  
Description Level
Item
Collection
James Buchanan Collection
Description
Letter from James Buchanan to the Hon. Peter D. Vroom, who was serving as minister to the United Kingdom. Buchanan writes that he has received a letter from Dr. W. W. Bidlack who informed him that the Russian Minister at Berlin was soliciting an appointment of the Assistant Surgeon in the Russian Army, and that he cannot interfere in favor of Dr. Bidlack’s appointment. He writes about hoping to hear the Czar’s answer to the propositions made by Austria and accepted by France and England, and that if they are favorable, that they will hopefully be satisfactory to the British people. Buchanan writes that Russia also seems to be intent upon recovering their military prestige, and have made vast naval preparations. Written after the Crimean War. 22 December 1855.
Custodial History
Digitization of the James Buchanan Collection was funded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, PHMC Appl ID # 201808013051, 2019-2020.
Date Range
1855/12/22
Creator
Buchanan, James, 1791-1868
People
Buchanan, James
Bidlack, William Wallace
Vroom, Peter Dumont
Subjects
Letters
Ambassadors
Russia
England
Search Terms
Correspondence
Letters
Ambassadors
England
Russia
James Buchanan
Buchanan Collections
James Buchanan Presidential Library
Extent
1 item, 4 pages to scan
Object Name
Letter
Language
English
Accession Number
2019.MG0096.F79
Object ID
MG0096 F079
Parent Object ID
MG0096
Other Numbers
MG-96, Folder 79
Other Number
MG-0096, Folder 079
Location
LancasterHistory, Lancaster, PA
Room
Archives South
Container
MG-0096, Box 2
Associated Material
James Buchanan Papers, Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections,
http://archives.dickinson.edu/collection-descriptions/james-buchanan-papers
James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Papers, Library of Congress,
https://www.loc.gov/collections/james-buchanan-and-harriet-lane-johnston-papers/
James Buchanan Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
http://www2.hsp.org/collections/manuscripts/b/Buchanan0091.html
James Buchanan Papers, Penn State University Libraries,
https://libraries.psu.edu/findingaids/1458.htm
Related Item Notes
James Buchanan Family Papers
MG-96 James Buchanan Collection
Historical Society of Pennsylvania microfilm
Photograph collections
Curatorial collections
Wheatland Mansion
Notes
May 2020 PastPerfect Conversion
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Please use digital images and transcriptions when available. Original documents may be used by appointment. Please contact archives@lancasterhistory.org at least two weeks prior to visit.
Copyright
Images have been provided for research purposes only. Please contact archives@lancasterhistory.org for a high-resolution image and permission to publish.
LancasterHistory retains the rights to the digital images and content presented. The doctrine of fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder. Fair use includes comment, criticism, teaching, and private scholarship. Any images and data downloaded, printed or photocopied for these purposes should provide a citation. All other uses beyond those allowed by fair use require written permission.
Permission for reproduction and/or publication must be obtained in writing from LancasterHistory. Some items are photocopies from other collections--researchers must obtain permission for reproduction and publication from the owner of the original material.
Persons wishing to publish any material from this site must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright or other use restrictions. Publication fees may apply.
Credit
Courtesy of LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Images
Documents
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Miscellaneous notes of Simon Cameron and Bayard Taylor, June-September 1862

https://collections.lancasterhistory.org/en/permalink/lhdo13581
Date of Publication
1934.
Call Number
Drawer 1, Sec. 5: #420
Place of Publication
Washington, DC
Publisher
National Archives of the United States ,
Date of Publication
1934.
Physical Description
1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.
Notes
Used as research material for MU Thesis "Simon Cameron's Political Exile as United States Minister to Russia" by Lamar Landon Libhart.
Subjects
United States - Politics and government - 1783-1865.
United States - Foreign relations - 1783-1865 - Russia.
Additional Author
Cameron, Simon ,
Taylor, Bayard ,
Location
Lancaster History Library - Microfilm
Call Number
Drawer 1, Sec. 5: #420
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Northwest colored bead chart no. 3 featuring the Russian bead

https://collections.lancasterhistory.org/en/permalink/lhdo16759
Author
Harris, Elizabeth,
Date of Publication
c1985.
Call Number
748.85 H313
Alternate Title
Russian bead
Responsibility
by Elizabeth Harris.
Author
Harris, Elizabeth,
Place of Publication
[S.l.]
Publisher
G.B. Fenstermaker,
Date of Publication
c1985.
Physical Description
14 p., 2 plates : ill., map ; 22 cm.
Series
Archaeological Research Booklets.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 13-14).
Subjects
Glass beads - Russia.
Glass beads - Northwest, Pacific.
Glass beads
Location
Lancaster History Library - Book
Call Number
748.85 H313
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A passenger list of Mennonite immigrants from Russia in 1878 published from the original printed list : Passage list of Ship Strassburg from Bremen to New York, sailing 18th June, 1878

https://collections.lancasterhistory.org/en/permalink/lhdo11512
Call Number
905.748 MQR v.15
Physical Description
263-276 p.
Notes
In: Mennonite Quarterly Review, v.15, no.4, October 1941.
Subjects
Ships
United States
Russia
Location
Lancaster History Library - Book
Call Number
905.748 MQR v.15
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The quiet in the land : A Volga-German's Christian journals: Russian Revolution years, 1916-1918

https://collections.lancasterhistory.org/en/permalink/lhdo13843
Author
Wieler, Henry P.
Date of Publication
2005.
Call Number
883.803 W646
Responsibility
by Henry P. Wieler.
Author
Wieler, Henry P.
Place of Publication
Vancouver, B.C
Publisher
s.n. ,
Date of Publication
2005.
Physical Description
127 p : ill. ; 21 cm.
Contents
CHAPTER 1- 1916: Take a Moment-Of German Christians, World War I, and the World-Death in Winter // CHAPTER 2- 1917: The Relationship of the Human Soul to the Creator-Time for Prayer and Reflection-Thanksgiving Services-Braun's Sermon-Two Sermons-The Coming of the Holidays // CHAPTER 3 - WINTER 1918: Prayers for Health, Friendship and Deliverance-The Siberian Baptists-The Conference Evening Service-A Harvest Sermon-Hammer's Sermon-Lessons from the Lord-Notes from the Past // CHAPTER 4- SPRING 1918: The Last Months in Siberia-The Journey Home and a story.
Summary
Christian spiritual reflections abound in this rare journal written by a talented Volga-German teacher during the years of the Russian Revolution 1916-18.
Subjects
Spiritual journals - Russia.
Russian Germans.
United States - Emigration and immigration.
Additional Author
Pavlatos, Arthur.
Upton, Michael C.
Friesen, Bert
Location
Lancaster History Library - Book
Call Number
883.803 W646
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