Chiefly correspondence, 1783-1831, of James Monroe written from Richmond, Va. while governor; from Paris while minister to France; from London while minister to Great Britain; from Washington, D. C. while Secretary of State, Secretary of War, and President; and from Loudoun County, Va. after serving as President. Also included is a penciled sketch of Monroe by John Vanderlyn. Subjects covered in the collection include diplomatic service, education (advice to his nephew), United States foreign relations with France and Great Britain; the Missouri Compromise; and slavery. Among the correspondents are John Quincy Adams, John C. Calhoun, Henry Lee, John Marshall, Timothy Pickering, St. George Tucker and Monroe's uncle, Joseph Jones and his nephew James Monroe.
Samuel L. Gouverneur correspondence remains in xerox copy form. The papers in the collection starred with an asterisk (*) are included in the microfilm edition James Monroe Papers in Virginia Repositories.
The majority of the materials in this collection were purchased by Swem Library. Material was also donated by the APVA Headquarters (1969) and Mrs. and Mrs. Joseph Rubine (1978). Acc. 2007.102 gift of Maestro Russell Stanger on 11/15/2007. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.
Acc. 2013.218 purchased for Swem Library with support from the Johns (Pollard) fund.