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About this collection

Elected the 9th President of the United States in 1840, William Henry Harrison died from pneumonia one month after assuming office. Harrison had served as the Indiana Territory's first governor and commanded the Army of the Northwest from 1812 to 1814. The Harrison Collection spans 70  years and contains correspondence (personal, governmental and military), legal papers and engraved portraits. Although Harrison's secretary penned some correspondence, most were handwritten and signed by Harrison. The bulk of the collection focuses on Harrison's years as the governor of the Indiana Territory and his participation in the War of 1812; other documents cover his candidacy for president and death. This digital collection was made possible by a 2011 grant from the Indiana State Historic Records Advisory Board.

Added to this collection in 2018 is the digitized version of the William Henry Harrison Papers Project. This  project was undertaken in the 1980s by IHS staff to collect copies of as many of Harrison's papers as possible. The material collected from multiple institutions was microfilmed for the convenience of researchers. The microfilm has now been digitized and, along with the finding aid, is fully searchable. Digitization of the William Henry Harrison Papers microfilm funded by the Outreach and Access Initiative supported by Lilly Endowment, Inc. 

 
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