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Presidential Inaugurations: A Selected List of References

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Compiled by RUTH S. FREITAG
Bibliography and Reference Correspondence Section
General Reference and Bibliography Division
Reference Department


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Scope. The present list is a complete revision and updating of the 1960 edition of Presidential Inaugurations and its 1964 supplement, both compiled by the General Reference and Bibliography Division. Following the practice begun in 1949, this third edition has been prepared to serve as a guide to information on inaugural ceremonies and festivities from 1789 to the present.

Although the emphasis is on books, parts of books, and periodical articles, many items from newspapers are also cited. Since the fixed date of the ceremonies makes newspaper coverage relatively simple to trace, comprehensive inclusion of this material was not attempted. Nor are references included to the Library's holdings of motion pictures and sound recordings relating to inaugurations.

While an effort was made to call attention to the presence of pictures in the cited publications, it was not possible to include references to the large quantity of illustrative materials in the Presidential file of the Library's Prints and Photographs Division. Some of these are listed in the second edition of Pictorial Americana, compiled by Milton Kaplan and edited by Charles G. LaHood, Jr. (Washington, Library of Congress, 1955. 68 p.).

Arrangement. As the table of contents indicates, the list comprises a general section, six sections on specific topics, and a section on the inaugurations of individual Presidents. Arrangement in each section and subsection is alphabetical, with the exception of "Invitations, Programs, and Other Memorabilia," the arrangement of which is primarily chronological. An index to authors and subjects completes the work.

Location of items is indicated either by a Library of Congress call number or location symbol, or, for material in another library, by the National Union Catalog symbol for that library.

Many references will be found to items in the District of Columbia Public Library. These materials are all in the Washingtoniana Collection at the central library; they are at present organized into seven scrapbooks and five file boxes containing folders for each President, for the subject as a whole, and for special aspects such as Bibles, inaugural balls, and the weather. Specific locations have been given for items in this collection that are described here.

A supplement covering material published for the 1969 inauguration has been added. Items in this supplement are not indexed.

Library of Congress Symbols

LL Law Library
Micro Microfilm Reading Room
Mss Manuscript Division
Newsp Newspaper Reading Room
P&P Prints and Photographs Division
Rare Bk. Coll. Rare Book Collection

National Union Catalog Symbols

DWP District of Columbia Public Library
ICN Newberry Library, Chicago
MiU-C William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
RPB Brown University, Providence, R. I.

Key to Symbols
Inaugural Addresses (Collective)
Inaugural Balls
Inaugural Balls-Invitations, Programs, and Other Memorabilia
Change of Inauguration Day
Individual Inaugurations
George Washington
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
James Monroe
John Quincy Adams
Andrew Jackson
Martin Van Buren
William Henry Harrison
John Tyler
James Knox Polk
Zachary Taylor
Millard Fillmore
Franklin Pierce
James Buchanan
Abraham Lincoln
Andrew Johnson
Ulysses S. Grant
Rutherford B. Hayes
James A. Garfield
Chester A. Arthur
Grover Cleveland
Benjamin Harrison
Grover Cleveland
William McKinley
Theodore Roosevelt
William Howard Taft
Woodrow Wilson
Warren G. Harding
Calvin Coolidge
Herbert C. Hoover
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Supplement for 1969

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