The first lady with the largest collection in the Manuscript Division is Lucretia Rudolph Garfield (1832-1918), wife of James A. Garfield, who was elected president in 1880 and was assassinated less than a year later by a disgruntled job seeker. Her collection (55,000 items; 1807-1958) pertains to her husband's assassination, their children, and her interests in art, literature, civic and political affairs, women's rights, genealogy, and the publication of her husband's papers and biography. Of particular significance is her correspondence with her children and their families, some of which is included in the separately maintained papers of her sons Harry Augustus Garfield (60,000 items; 1888-1934) and James Rudolph Garfield (70,000 items; 1879-1950; bulk 1890-1932). Lucretia also appears in her husband's papers, which include not only family diaries and the president's correspondence with his mother and daughter, but also his professional correspondence with Susan B. Anthony, Almeda A. Booth, Lucy Stone, and Frances Willard.
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