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At a Glance
Chronological within each volume.
Newspaper clippings relating to the career, life, activities, and political milieu of Chester A. Arthur, compiled for him while he was president, and covering only the period of his presidency. The clippings are mounted in 76 volumes and were gathered from both the major New York papers had local and specialized journals from all over the country. The volumes are grouped in several sequences as follows: 45 volumes labelled "Current Comment" 1881-1885; 6 volumes "Presidential Predictions, 1883-1884; 7 volumes "Canal and foreign questions" 1881-1885; 2 volumes "Personal" 1882-1883; 3 volumes "Appointments" 1882-1885; 3 volumes "Conventions" 1881-1884; 2 volumes "Civil Service" 1881-1885; 2 volumes "Mormonism" 1881-1885; 2 volumes "Southern" 1881-1884; 1 volume "Financial and Statistical" 1881-1885; 1 volume "Tariff discussions" 1884-1885; 1 volume "Social" 1884-1885; 1 volume "Miscellaneous notes" 1884-1885.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Alan Chester Arthur papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchase ca. 1949. Accession number--M55-01.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Processed by RBML staff in January 1955.
Surveyed Christina Hilton Fenn 03/24/89.
2009-06-26 File created.
2010-01-20 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
President of the United States, 1881-1885.
Chester A. Arthur was elected vice president in 1880. After the assassination of President James A. Garfield in 1881, he became president on 19 September of that year. As president, Arthur distanced himself from the Stalwarts and attempted to deal with government corruption. He launched investigations of the civil service and the post-office and was instrumental in helping to pass the Pendleton Civil Service Act of 1883. After losing the support of the Stalwarts and failing to make new political alliances with reformers, he was not nominated by his party for the presidency in 1884. He died of Bright's disease on 18 November 1886.