Carrollton (Miss.) Whig Creed, December 6, 1845 (Library of Congress)

August 28, 2023

We’re delighted to welcome Jamshid Mohammadi, a Fulbright Scholar from Afghanistan studying comparative politics at American University’s School of Public Affairs, as our new editorial assistant!


June 22–25, 2023


With the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, we hosted our first event: the conference of the Association for Documentary Editing (ADE). The presentations on expanding access to historical and literary documents included a panel on first ladies’ papers by the First Ladies Association for Research and Education (FLARE); a breakfast talk by Mia Owens on her experience as American University’s graduate fellow on the History of Slavery and Its Legacies in Washington, DC; and a roundtable about history’s contemporary relevance, on which our editor discussed this website’s blog. At the keynote session, we welcomed Shelly Lowe, chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Linh Anh Moreau, coordinator of international programs on the Memory of the World at UNESCO, to discuss Public Humanities and Indigenous Voices. You can read more about the conference on its website.

Many of the sessions were recorded, and the ADE will soon post them on YouTube. Excitingly, C-SPAN joined us for the keynote and the session on history’s contemporary relevance. So you’ll get to see those on national television! We’ll share the air dates and times once we know them.


June 9, 2023

We’re delighted to share that The Summerlee Foundation has awarded us a $15,000 grant to support our work in 2024–25, when we will complete the manuscript of our first volume of Taylor’s and Fillmore’s letters (1844–48). Thank you!


November 23, 2022

Fantastic news! The National Historical Publications and Records Commission has awarded us a $115,500 grant for 2023–24. This Thanksgiving we’re grateful to the NHPRC and the National Archives for their consistent support of our work and of widespread efforts to make historical documents accessible. You can check out the press release and the list of grant recipients.


November 3, 2022

We’re thrilled to have been awarded a $10,000 Humanities Grant for 2023–24 by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Thank you! The Foundation’s continuing and generous support makes it possible for us to make primary sources in US history accessible to all.


August 29, 2022

We’re excited to welcome back Nicholas Breslin as our editorial assistant for the 2022–23 academic year!


June 11, 2022

Today our editor, Michael Cohen, joined four other documentary editors at the American Political History Conference for a roundtable on “Editing Documents in US Political History.” We’ll post the video soon.


May 12, 2022

We’re delighted to welcome Mercedes Atwater, an MA student in public administration at AU’s School of Public Affairs, as our new editorial assistant!


May 10, 2022

Feedspot has ranked our blog #32 on its new list of the “70 Best American History Blogs and Websites.” We’re honored!


April 13, 2022

The new issue of American Magazine, the alumni magazine of American University, features an article about our project’s recent experience helping Jeopardy! with a Fillmore clue!


March 22, 2022

Today Michael Cohen, our editor, spoke about Taylor and Fillmore in the Annual Presidential Lecture at Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Institute for Citizenship Studies. You can watch the video here.


March 14, 2022

Are you a Jeopardy! fan? Today’s episode of the answer-and-question show featured a category titled “A Few Moments with Millard Fillmore.” We helped the writers with one of the clues, and host Ken Jennings gave our project a shout-out! Watch the whole category and test your own knowledge of the thirteenth president:


January 25, 2022

We’re delighted to welcome Nicholas Breslin, of American’s School of Public Affairs, and Ian Iverson, of the University of Virginia, to the project this semester as editorial assistants!


map of the United States, Texas, and northern Mexico in 1840January 10, 2022

Today we published our first-ever teaching guide, on the US annexation of Texas. The guide features four previously unpublished Fillmore letters, introductions, and discussion and writing questions. Educators can use it to teach eleventh- or twelfth-grade students in US history to analyze primary sources. Anyone, of course, can now learn from the letters themselves.


November 22, 2021

Wonderful news: the National Historical Publications and Records Commission has awarded us a grant of $77,750 for 2022–23! We thank the Commissioners and the Archivist of the United States for enabling us, and the other funded projects, to continue expanding access to primary sources. You can see the NHPRC’s press release and list of recipients for more details.


November 4, 2021

We are delighted to have been awarded a $10,000 Humanities Grant for 2022–23 by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. This generous award will support our work making primary documents accessible in print and online to students, scholars, and all interested in US history. Thank you!


October 18, 2021

We are honored to have been awarded a grant of $15,000 for 2022–23 by The Summerlee Foundation. Part of the foundation’s Texas History Program, this generous award will support our work transcribing and annotating letters for our first print and digital volume from the period of Texas annexation and the Mexican-American War. Thank you!


September 15, 2021

For the first time, we have three new interns this semester! Welcome to Brendan Lawlor, a junior here at American University; Abigail Peterson, a sophomore at St. Olaf College; and Leila Rocha Fisher, a junior at St. Olaf.


May 24, 2021

Welcome to Alaysia Bookal, master’s student in American’s School of Public Affairs and School of Education, our editorial assistant this summer!


May 3, 2021

Welcome to Amy Larrabee Cotz, our new associate editor! We’re excited to have her join our team after a decade editing the Dolley Madison Digital Edition.


February 19, 2021

We’re pleased to welcome Adele Raymer and Grace Tamms, St. Olaf College history majors, as this semester’s interns!


February 15, 2021

This Presidents’ Day, editor Michael David Cohen wrote an op-ed for the Baton Rouge Advocate: “Louisiana’s Only President Would Have No Tolerance for Capitol Riots.”


December 1, 2020

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission has awarded our project a major grant for 2021–22! See the NHPRC’s press release and its announcement with details on that grant and others to projects ensuring preservation of and access to the United States’ documentary record. (The NHPRC also publicized this grant in its December newsletter, as did David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, in his December 10 blog post.)


October 30, 2020

Today’s episode of The Legal Edition features an interview with our editor, Michael David Cohen, about race and presidents (including, of course, Taylor and Fillmore) in nineteenth-century America.


October 15, 2020

The Summerlee Foundation, as part of its Texas History Program, has awarded a generous grant to the Correspondence of Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore for 2021–22. Thank you!


October 13, 2020

The Watson-Brown Foundation has awarded the Taylor-Fillmore project a major grant to support our work locating, transcribing, and publishing the two presidents’ letters in 2021–22!


October 9, 2020

The latest newsletter of the NHPRC discusses the numerous documentary editions, including ours, of presidents’ and presidential candidates’ papers that the agency has generously funded over the years.


August 20, 2020

Welcome to St. Olaf College senior history majors Alex Kiprof and Alyssa Moore, our project interns for the fall semester!


July 27, 2020

The summer issue of American Magazine features an article about the Taylor-Fillmore project. We thank them for telling AU alumni and friends about our work.


May 26, 2020

We’re excited to welcome Gabriella Siegfried, editorial assistant (and SPA master’s student), and Zoe Golden and Gretchen Ohlmacher, interns (and St. Olaf College undergraduates), to the Taylor-Fillmore project! See our staff page for more about these new members of our team.


March 20, 2020

The Taylor-Fillmore project’s Twitter feed, @ZTandMF, and this website, go live!


February 17, 2020

American University announces the launch of the Correspondence of Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore. See this article in the School of Public Affairs’ news on the project’s goals, leadership, and sponsors.


January 28, 2020

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in association with the NHPRC, awards a $1 million grant to the University of Virginia Digital Publishing Cooperative. Our project and those at twenty-one other institutions will use this grant to develop a common platform for creating and publishing digital editions of historical documents. See this press release for information on the cooperative and the grant.


December 6, 2019

Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., awards our project a Historical Preservation Grant for now through 2020. See the foundation’s website for all the organizations it supports.


December 2, 2019

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission awards our project a major grant for 2020–21. See this press release for details on that grant, in the category of Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions, and others awarded following the NHPRC’s meeting in November.


July 18, 2019

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation awards our project a Special Interest Grant for 2020. See the foundation’s website for all the organizations receiving its support in the “For History” category.