The Historical Documents digital collection contains a variety letters, deeds, bonds, receipts, orders, position appointments, writings, and other documents dating from 1642 to the 1920s.
The items are individual in nature and represent a number of prominent figures in the areas of art, literature, music, science, scholarship, business, law, military, politics, diplomacy, and religion. Most of the materials are American in origin, although some items are from Mexico and Europe, particularly Great Britain.
Individuals represented in the digital collection include, but are not limited to: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain), Charles Dickens, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Washington Irving, Rudyard Kipling, John Muir, Benjamin Butler, James Longstreet, Edmund Gaines Pendleton, Matthew Perry, William Tecumseh Sherman, Friedrich Wilhelm August Heinrich Ferdinand von Steuben, John Quincy Adams, Napoleon Bonaparte, Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses Simpson Grant, Sam Houston, Andrew Jackson, James Madison, James Oglethorpe, William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover, Thomas Paine, Woodrow Wilson, and King Louis XVIII.
Additional materials from the Historical Documents Collection are available for research upon request in the University of Miami Libraries Special Collections. A full description and list of all materials in this collection are available in the Historical Documents Collection Finding Aid.