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University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN 37916-3801)
Ernest Frithiof Freeberg (Project Director: December 2015 to present)

Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

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Totals (outright + matching):
$204,785 (approved)
$204,785 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 9/30/2020

Correspondence of James K. Polk

Preparation for print and digital publication of volume 14 of the correspondence of James K. Polk (1795-1849), member of Congress, governor of Tennessee, and eleventh president of the United States. See website at

The James K. Polk Project produces an annotated edition of letters by and to the eleventh U.S. president. So far it has published twelve volumes of the Correspondence of James K. Polk, covering up to July 1847, halfway through his presidency. These make important primary-source documents accessible to scholars and students. The final two volumes will feature letters from the second half of Polk’s presidency and his brief retirement. During this time the United States annexed the Southwest, gold-seekers entered California, the United States recognized France’s revolutionary government, and Americans debated slavery. Polk corresponded with diplomats, reformers, novelists, scientists, clergymen, educators, and Native American chiefs. The letters will nourish scholarship on politics, international relations, African American studies, Native American studies, literature, religion, education, and the history of science. Volumes will be available in both hardcover and free digital editions.