It’s a massive archive of original letters, diaries, photographs and other memorabilia, as well as copies of Grant’s papers that are on file at the National Archives, the Library of Congress and around the world.
We’re talking about 16,000 linear feet of materials,” said Ryan Semmes, assistant archivist with MSU’s Congressional and Political Research Center. “We are amazed. Every week we find something here. Not lost, just waiting to be found again.”
“They want to know, ‘Why Mississippi?’ That’s the first thing people ask,” said John Marszalek, executive director and managing editor of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library.
The answer goes back to the 1960s, when the Ulysses S. Grant Association decided to collect all of his letters, manuscripts and other items in one place.
The article goes on to explain how Grant’s papers ended up at Mississippi State U.
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Photographs from a 19th century world tour by former president Ulysses S. Grant and wife Julia now may be viewed online.
The images are available through the Mississippi State University Libraries’ Digital Collection website, http://library.msstate.edu/dc/usgrant/worldtour. The album was donated to the MSU-based Grant Presidential Library by the president’s great-great grandson, Ulysses Grant Dietz.
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