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DIARY & LETTERS OF RUTHERFORD B. HAYES
Chronological List of Speeches by Rutherford B. Hayes
Gifts Presented to President Rutherford B. Hayes
Map of the Disputed Election of 1876
About Lucy Webb Hayes
Civil War Letters of Lucy Webb Hayes
Excerpts from 'First Lady: The Life of Lucy Webb Hayes' by Emily Apt Geer
The Role of Lucy Webb Hayes in the Civil War
Lucy Webb Hayes and Her Influence on Her Era
Letters of Fanny Hayes Platt
Recipes of Lucy Webb Hayes
Selected WWI Letters of Dalton Hayes
Reminiscence of Lucy Webb Hayes by Niece Laura Platt Mitchell, 1890

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Civil War Album of Gen. R. B. Hayes
Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States

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RUTHERFORD B. HAYES AND
HAYES FAMILY COLLECTIONS

The Rutherford B. Hayes Papers, the heart of the Manuscript Collections, include President Hayes' diaries, his personal and political correspondence, speeches, news clippings, government records, legal notes, business papers, and military records (the collection occupies 170 linear feet of storage space). Extending from his school days until his death in 1893, the Hayes Papers offer a reflection of the nineteenth president's public and private life as well as his scholarly interests: politics, the presidency, American and Ohio history, education, prison reform, veterans' interests, genealogy, and literature.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Papers are accessible through a variety of ways. They are available on microfilm through InterLibrary Loan. The Hayes Presidential Center holds typed transcripts of Hayes' diaries and much of his outgoing correspondence. An exhaustive index of the President's letters, both incoming and outgoing, is maintained at the Center. The index lists each correspondent as well as every individual mentioned in each letter. The Diary and Letters of Rutherford B. Hayes, Nineteenth President of the United States, edited by Charles Richard Williams (Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State Archeological and Historical Society, 1922) is available on the Center's web site. Although edited and not complete, the 3,000 pages of text provide the bulk of Hayes's diaries and letters and can be browsed or searched by volume and keyword.

The Hayes Family Papers include those of his uncle, mentor and benefactor, Sardis Birchard, one of Ohio's wealthiest land speculators. The papers of First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes provide insight into the public and family life of the Hayeses. Her letters to Rutherford during the Civil War and to her children at school are particularly noteworthy. Webb Cook Hayes' Collection is the largest and richest of the President's descendants. It documents the life of Hayes' second son, Webb, from his childhood until his death in 1934. Colonel Webb C. Hayes had many careers: private secretary to his father, businessman, Medal of Honor-winning soldier, world traveler, and philanthropist. But it is Colonel Hayes' role as the moving force behind the founding of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center for which he is best remembered. The diaries, letters, and photographs that make up the Lucy Elliot Keeler Collection offer a candid view of the Hayes family at Spiegel Grove. Papers such as those of Russell Hastings, Civil War comrade who later married Hayes' niece, and Lucy Scott West offer additional perspectives of the Hayes family. Titles designated with "MF" indicate the collection is on microfilm. They include microfilm of collections located at other institutions. They may be requested through InterLibrary Loan.


Collections Name
ACKERMAN, LUCY HAYES HOUGH HAYES - 36 
BERGLAND, ERIC, MAJOR HAYES - 30 
BIRCHARD, SARDIS
PAPERS, 1821-1899, Incoming and outgoing business and personal correspondence, legal papers, business and account ledgers, tax receipts, and diaries.
HAYES 15 
BIRCHARD, SARDIS, PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION
Photographs, 1855 - 1874, Multiples of five images of Sardis Birchard at various ages throughout his life. The collection contains cartes de visite and tintypes.
HAYES-PH-5 
CIVIL WAR II (JOHNSON/STARR/VAN DYKE) HAYES MF 
CLEGG, WILLIAM/COMLY, JAMES M. HAYES MF 
CLUGSTON, JOHN MCNULTY SEE: CIVIL WAR COLLECTION HAYES MF 
COMLY, JAMES M. (HPC) HAYES MF 
COMLY, JAMES M. (OHS) SEE ALSO: CLEGG, WILLIAM/COMLY, JAMES M. HAYES MF 
COMLY, JAMES M. (PERSONAL PAPERS) HAYES MF 
COOK, JOHN J. HAYES 3 
DAY-PLATT FAMILIES HAYES 27 
HASTINGS, RUSSELL HAYES 25 
HAYES II, PLINY (1788 - 1831)
Papers, 1809 - 1818. Journal kept by Dr. Pliny Hayes II (1788 - 1831) of Granby, CT; Boston, MA, and Canandaigua, NY. Three-volume handwritten journal kept by Hayes from the age of 21 to 30, in which he describes his travels, efforts to secure an education, medical school, service aboard the U.S.S. Hornet during the War of 1812, establishment of Boston medical practice, and return to Canandaigua, NY.
HAYES 34 
HAYES, ARTHUR BAKER HAYES 13 
HAYES, BIRCHARD AUSTIN HAYES 6 
HAYES, BIRCHARD AUSTIN PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION
PHOTOGRAPHS, 1857 - ca.1920s Birchard A. and Mary Sherman Hayes family photographs; including portraits, family groups, Mouse Island vacations, and construction of home. ca. 175 items.
HAYES PH 6 
HAYES, DALTON SMITH HAYES 10 
HAYES, FANNY HAYES 9 
HAYES, LUCY WEBB HAYES 2 
HAYES, LUCY WEBB PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION
PHOTOGRAPHS, 1847 - 1889 Originals and copies of images of Lucy Webb Hayes, including formal portraits, engravings, lithographs, and gift photographs.
HAYES PH 2 
HAYES, MARY MILLER
PAPERS, 1878 - 1936 Correspondence, business papers, investment documents, family genealogy and memorabilia relating to the Anson Miller family, Samuel Brinkerhoff, Colonel Webb C. Hayes. 7 1/3 linear ft.
HAYES 5 
HAYES, MARY MILLER PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION
PHOTOGRAPHS, 1855 - 1930. Anson H. Miller and Hayes family photographs focusing on Mary Miller Hayes and her relatives, first and second husbands, WWI activities, travels, and civic interests. ca. 300 items
HAYES PH 4 
HAYES, RUTHERFORD B.
RUTHERFORD B. HAYES PAPERS: GUIDE TO THE MICROFILM EDITION OF THE RUTHERFORD B. HAYES PAPERS
HAYES 1 
HAYES, RUTHERFORD B., SEE: CIVIL WAR I HAYES MF 
HAYES, RUTHERFORD B.: CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF SPEECHES
PAPERS, 1841 - 1892. Chronological list (date, location, and event) of speeches, notes, and official messages of Rutherford B. Hayes
HAYES 1 
HAYES, RUTHERFORD PLATT HAYES 7 
HAYES, SCOTT B. HAYES 12 
HAYES, SCOTT RUSSELL HAYES 8 
HAYES, SCOTT TAYLOR
PHOTOGRAPHS, DOCUMENTS; 1882 - 2004. Photographs, 35 mm slides, documents, military service records, yearbooks, and other memorabilia of Rutherfod Platt Hayes family (1928-2004) and his son Scott Taylor Hayes (1952 - ).
HAYES 35 
HAYES, WALTER SHERMAN SR. HAYES 16 
HAYES, WEBB C. HAYES 4 
HAYES, WEBB C. II HAYES 11 
HAYES, WEBB C. II & MARTHA BAKER PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION
PHOTOGRAPHS: 1890s - 1970s. Family, friends, and Naval career of Admiral Webb C. Hayes.
HAYES - PH-7 
HAYES, WEBB C. II & MARTHA BAKER PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION
PHOTOGRAPHS: 1890s - 1970s. Family, friends, and Naval career of Admiral Webb C. Hayes.
HAYES - PH-7 
HAYES, WEBB C. III HAYES 17 
HAYES, WEBB C. PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION
PHOTOGRAPHS, 1855 - 1930. Webb C. Hayes, I photographs including portraits & groups; military: 1st Cleveland Troop, Spanish-American War, Russo-Japanese War, Philippine Insurrection, China Relief Expedition, WWI, ca. 3750 items.
HAYES PH 3 
HAYES, WILLIAM HENRY (SELECTED PAPERS) HAYES MF 
HEYL, ELIZABETH MITCHELL HAYES 19 
JOHNSON, SAMUEL, SEE: CIVIL WAR II HAYES MF 
JOHNSON, WILLIAM, SEE: CIVIL WAR II HAYES MF 
MCCANDLESS, LUCY COOK HAYES 21 
MILLER, MARSHALL JR. HAYES 26 
MITCHELL, JOHN G. JR. HAYES 23 
MITCHELL, JOHN GRANT (GENERAL) HAYES 22 
MONSARRAT, JOHN HAYES 24 
PARAGUAY (ARGENTINE BOUNDARIES) HAYES MF 
PEASE, JOHN R. HAYES 20 
PEMISCOT LAND & COOPERAGE HAYES 29 
PLATT, ROBERT S.
PAPERS & PHOTOGRAPHS,1894 - 1964. Professional and family correspondence of Dr. Robert S. Platt of the University of Chicago (1920 to 1957); also teaching materials, scrapbooks, memorabilia, postcards, photographs, military records, educational materials related to St. George's, Hotchkiss, Yale, Yale-in-China program, and the Univeristy of Chicago
HAYES 33 
PLATT, RUTHERFORD HAYES
PAPERS, 1793 - 1928 Family correspondence, obituaries, memorabilia, documents of Rutherford Hayes Platt family, including Swan and Andrews family material. Travel diary and 32 letters from Rutherford H. Platt to children. Nov. 1926 - May 1927 during travels to Europe, India, and Middle East.
HAYES 32 
PLATT-DAY FAMILIES HAYES 27 
RUTHERFORD B. HAYES PRESIDENTIAL CENTER PROPERTIES PHOTOGRAPHS
PHOTOGRAPHS, 1873 - 1989. Photographs of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center properties, including the Hayes Home, Spiegel Grove grounds, Museum and Library Building, Tomb Site. Also included are pictures of event held on the grounds.4 linear ft.
HAYES-PH-8 
SARDIS BIRCHARD PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION
Photographs, 1855 - 1874, Multiples of five images of Sardis Birchard at various ages throughout his life. The collection contains cartes de visite and tintypes.
HAYES-PH-5 
SCOTT, LUCY, SEE: WEST, LUCY SCOTT HAYES 31 
SHERMAN & HAYES HAYES 28 
SMITH, CLIFFORD HAYES
PAPERS AND PHOTOGRAPHS: 1834 - 1950; Elliott family genealogy and family correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks
HAYES 14 
STARR, WILLIAM, SEE: CIVIL WAR II HAYES MF 
U. S. DEPT OF THE INTERIOR - TERRITORIAL PAPERS - MONTANA HAYES MF 
U. S. DEPT OF THE POSTMASTER - CORRESPONDENCE HAYES MF 
U. S. DEPT. OF STATE - CORRESPONDENCE REGISTERS HAYES MF 
U. S. DEPT. OF STATE - DIPLOMATIC INSTRUCTIONS HAYES MF 
U. S. DEPT. OF STATE - FOREIGN DISPATCHES HAYES MF 
U. S. DEPT. OF STATE - FOREIGN LEGATIONS HAYES MF 
U. S. DEPT. OF THE INTERIOR - TERRITORIAL PAPERS - IDAHO HAYES MF 
U. S. DEPT. OF THE INTERIOR - TERRITORIAL PAPERS - WASHINGTON HAYES MF 
U. S. DEPT. OF THE INTERIOR - TERRITORIAL PAPERS - WYOMING HAYES MF 
U. S. SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR - YELLOSTONE - WAGON ROADS HAYES MF 
U. S. SECRETARY OF THE NAVY - CORRESPONDENCE - CAPTAINS' LETTERS HAYES MF 
U. S. SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY - COLLECTORS OF CUSTOMS HAYES MF 
VAN DYKE, GUS, SEE: CIVIL WAR II HAYES MF 
WEBB, JOSEPH T., SEE: CIVIL WAR I HAYES MF 
WEST, LUCY SCOTT
PAPERS, 1878. Daily "journal" style letters written by nineteen-year-old Lucy Scott West during her stay at the White House with her cousin Lucy Webb Hayes. White House social life from February to March 1878. (Transcripts on line.)
HAYES 31