The Papers of Roger Brooke Taney

Do you have in your collection any correspondence to or from Roger Taney? Those who are collectors of Andrew Jackson certainly know the name! He supported and served Andrew Jackson during Jackson’s presidency.  To most history students he is most famous as the man who replaced John Marshall as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  Taney was Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court for almost 30 years. His court issued a number of important decisions, including that in the (in)famous case of Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857).

Based at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, the Papers of Roger Brooke Taney is the first comprehensive edition of the personal and professional papers of Roger Brooke Taney, Attorney General and Treasury Secretary under Andrew Jackson and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

A major portion of their work involves obtaining images of Taney documents – primarily (but not limited to) his correspondence. Assistant Editor Ed Bradley notes, “Thus we are reaching out to the Manuscript Society community for help. If any collectors have Taney documents in their possession, we would greatly appreciate access to images (scans or photographs) of said documents for purposes of transcription and annotation. The editors want to emphasize that we will electronically publish annotated transcriptions of select documents – we will not publish the images themselves. Of course, any owner of a document that we publish will receive full credit for his/her contribution. We look forward to working with the Manuscript Society community!”

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Feel free to contact Mr. Bradley at the email address listed below.

Ed Bradley, Assistant Editor

The Papers of Roger Brooke Taney