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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 the United States’ 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 for free. 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 project.

Please explore this website to learn more about Polk and our project. You can follow us on Twitter or contact us at

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