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Graeme O'Geran Presidential Autograph Collection

A description of the collection at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: O'Geran, Graeme.
Title: Graeme O'Geran Presidential Autograph Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1783-1991
Quantity: 2 linear ft.
Abstract: Autographs of the first 41 presidents of the United States (Washington through George H. W. Bush) and a few of other notable individuals (among them Edison, Ford, and Firestone). Signed items include letters, documents and photographs.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Graeme O'Geran was a Professor of Economics in the Maxwell School of Public Affairs and Citizenship at Syracuse University.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Graeme O'Geran Presidential Autograph Collection contains signed documents, letters or photographs from the first 41 presidents of the United States (from Washington to George H. W. Bush).

Also in the collection are a few autographs of miscellaneous other individuals; notable here is a group photo of Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Harvey Firestone, signed by all three men.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is in chronological order of their presidency.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.
Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886.
Buchanan, James, 1791-1868.
Bush, George, 1924-
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908.
Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933.
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969.
Fillmore, Millard, 1800-1874.
Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006.
Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881.
Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885.
Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923.
Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901.
Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841.
Hayes, Rutherford B., 1822-1893.
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845.
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Madison, James, 1749-1812.
Monroe, James, 1758-1831.
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994.
Pierce, Franklin, 1804-1869.
Polk, James K. (James Knox), 1795-1849.
Reagan, Ronald.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930.
Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1850.
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
Tyler, John, 1790-1862.
Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.


Autographs -- Collections.
Inventors -- Autographs.
Presidents of the United States -- Autographs.

Genres and Forms


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Graeme O'Geran Presidential Autograph Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Graeme O'Geran, 1990, 1991.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 6 Jan 2010
Revision history:

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Presidential autographs
Box 1 Washington, George - discharge papers for Private John Garrison
Box 1 Adams, John 1823 - document
Box 1 Jefferson, Thomas 1797 - letter
Oversize 1 Madison, James 1815 - Revolutionary War land grant
Box 1 Monroe, James 1783 - note
Box 1 Adams, John Quincy 1835 - letter to Parkman
Box 1 Jackson, Andrew 1827 - letter
Box 1 Van Buren, Martin 1842 - letter
Box 1 Harrison, William Henry 1796 - document
Box 1 Tyler, John 1840 - letter
Box 1 Polk, James 1847 - letter, note
Box 1 Taylor, Zachary 1835 - letter, Fort Crawford
Box 1 Filmore, Millard 1852 - letter
Box 1 Pierce, Franklin - letter to Robert McClellan, Sec. of Interior
Box 1 Buchanan, James 1858 - letter of introduction
Box 1 Lincoln, Abraham 1865 - letter on executive stationery
Box 1 Johnson, Andrew 1865 - letter, document
See Oversize 1 for document.
Box 1 Grant, Ulysses S. - photograph, letter
Box 1 Garfield, James 1877 - letter
Box 1 Arthur, Chester A. 1844 - letter
Box 1 Harrison, Benjamin 1840 - letter
Box 1 Cleveland, Grover 1885 - letter
Box 1 McKinley, William 1898, undated - letter, photograph
Box 1 Roosevelt, Theodore 1905 - letter, photograph
Box 1 Taft, William Howard 1920, 1912 - letter, photograph
Box 1 Wilson, Woodrow 1897 - letter, program
Box 1 Harding, Warren G. 1906 - letter, photograph
Box 1 Coolidge, Calvin 1923 - letter, photograph
Box 1 Hoover, Herbert C. 1933 - letter; photograph, inscribed
Box 1 Roosevelt, Franklin Delano 1939 - letter; photograph, inscribed
Box 1 Truman, Harry S. 1947 - letter
Box 1 Eisenhower, Dwight D. - photograph in uniform
Box 1 Kennedy, John F. - photograph
Box 1 Johnson, Lyndon B. - photograph
Box 1 Nixon, Richard M. 1960 - letter, photograph
Box 1 Ford, Gerald 1974, undated - letter, photograph
Box 1 Carter, Jimmy - letter, photograph; photo also signed by Mrs. Carter
Box 1 Reagan, Ronald 1976, undated - letter, photograph
Box 1 Bush, George H. W. 1991 - letter
Box 1 Miscellaneous (11 items)

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