James A. Garfield Diary: “His Confidential Friend”

Campaign retired. All transcriptions available in LOC.gov

Completed Pages: 2,462
Registered Contributors: 487
Launched March 1, 2021 and completed May 12, 2021.

About This Campaign

Although an assassin’s bullet shortened his presidential administration to just six months in 1881, James A. Garfield (1831-1881) left an impressive archive of his forty-nine years, including the twenty-one diaries (1848-1881) held in the James A. Garfield Papers at the Library of Congress. Garfield used his diary to record the challenges he faced as a self-made man, his activities, intellectual curiosity, accomplishments and defeats, family life, travels, and comments on the people, events, and society of his time. Garfield’s diary provides a sustained and intimate view into the rich inner life of one of America’s more remarkable, but lesser-known presidents.