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Scholarly Editions: Presidential-Hist. Papers:
The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant
(Southern Illinois U. Press)

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The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant

Victories in the Civil War made Ulysses S. Grant a national figure and propelled him into the White House. Until recently, however, historians and biographers have found him to be an elusive and controversial subject. For decades basic documents necessary to understand this complex figure- Grant's correspondence, military and government papers, and other important materials - remained scattered in libraries, archives, and private collections. Now, the Ulysses S. Grant Association is assembling these documents in an edition that presents authentic texts to the general public as well as to specialists. In 1962, the Civil War Centennial Commissions of Illinois, New York, and Ohio established the Ulysses S. Grant Association and appointed John Y. Simon as editor. The Grant project began at the Ohio Historical Society, then moved to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1964. During its thirty-eight years, the Grant Association has collected copies of more than 200,000 Grant documents, making possible evaluations of his life and career based on documentary evidence.

With support from Southern Illinois University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the Grant Association has published twenty-four volumes of The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant that cover Grant's career through January 1872. Work continues on chronological coverage of Grant documents, incorporating letters received by Grant with his own writings. Grant's presidential papers illuminate issues of politics, Reconstruction, frontier and military history, race relations, foreign policy, economic development, and nineteenth century culture.The Grant Association also plans a comprehensive Grant bibliography and the first scholarly edition of the Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.TheMemoirs will be prepared with previously unused original manuscripts.


Edited by John Y. Simon

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