The Papers of Martin Van Buren

About The Project

The Papers of Martin Van Buren is a joint digital/print project that is making accessible approximately 14,000 documents belonging to the eighth president. The project is making Van Buren’s papers available in at least two ways:

  • The freely accessible digital edition, hosted at, containing verified transcriptions of Van Buren’s papers. The editors regularly update the digital edition with new documents as they are transcribed and verified.
  • A multi-volume print edition of Van Buren’s most important political documents, published by the University of Tennessee Press.

By making accessible Van Buren’s papers, including his letters, speeches, notes, and miscellaneous material, this project is providing fresh insight into the founding of the Democratic party, the evolution of formal politics between the War of 1812 and the Civil War, and the changes in political culture that occurred during Van Buren’s lifetime. Additionally, it is helping scholars, students, and the public understand the maturation of United States politics during the nation’s early development.

Project Director: Mark Cheathem

Host Institution: Cumberland University

The Van Buren papers project on multiple screens