Welcome to the James K. Polk Project.
Based in the History Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, we aim to locate all extant letters by or to America’s eleventh president (1845–49) and to publish an annotated edition of selected letters in print and online. Students, scholars, and all interested in U.S. history can use these resources to learn about one of the most consequential presidents and about a key period in the country’s development.
Since beginning our work in 1958, we have published thirteen volumes of the Correspondence of James K. Polk. All are held by numerous libraries and are available for purchase. The first twelve volumes also are available online, free to download. Currently we are hard at work on volume 14, which will cover the last year of Polk’s presidency and his brief retirement. On April 12–13, 2019, we will hold a conference for historians and the public to celebrate the completion of this six-decade-long project—stay tuned for details.
Please explore this website to learn more about Polk and our project. You can follow us on Twitter @Polk_Project or contact us at jameskpolk at utk.edu.