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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2333

Frederick Lieder political button collection

Political buttons and badges from U.S. presidential campaigns, miscellaneous other political campaigns and events, and general buttons with various insignia such as national flags and U.S. state seals.


  • 1856-1918

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


3 linear feet (9 boxes)

Collection includes 599 buttons, medals, emblems, badges, pins, etc. for the following: U.S. Presidential campaigns (1856, 1860, 1864, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1908 and 1912); Dedication of Grant's Tomb (1897); New York State governor campaigns (1906 and 1908); New York City various campaigns (1897 and 1905); Admiral Dewey celebrations (1899); Visit of Prince Henry of Prussia to US (1902); World War I medals (1917-1918); US state seals; National flags; Republican and Democratic emblems; and miscellaneous other materials.

Collection includes buttons, stickpins, lapel pins, medals, emblems, badges, portrait photographs, tintypes (gem photographs), ribbons, etc. This collection includes all types of political insignia, but the general term "buttons" has often been used in the category titles. At the item level, materials are counted as buttons only when they are round "buttons" with either a pin-back or stud fastener. The rest of the items are counted as "items." The text that appears on all materials is listed within quotation marks.

Biographical / Historical

Lieder received his A.B. in 1902 from Cornell University and his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1907. He was a professor of Germanic Languages at Harvard University.


Organized into the following two series:
  1. I. United States presidential campaign buttons
  2. ___1856
  3. ___1860
  4. ___1864
  5. ___1896
  6. ___1900
  7. ___1904
  8. ___1908
  9. ___1912
  10. II. Other materials
  11. ___A. By date
  12. ______1897: Dedication of Grant's Tomb
  13. ______1897: Election of the Mayor of New York City
  14. ______ca. 1897: Greater New York area elections
  15. ______1899: Dewey Celebrations
  16. ______1902: Visit of Prince Henry of Prussia to the U.S.
  17. ______1905: New York City mayorial election
  18. ______1906 and 1908: New York State gubernatorial election
  19. ______1917-1918: World War I
  20. ___B. By topic
  21. ______American flags
  22. ______Democratic Party
  23. ______Eagles
  24. ______Flags of countries
  25. ______Liberty heads
  26. ______Prohibition Party
  27. ______Republican Party (GOP)
  28. ______Socialist Labor Party
  29. ______Tigers
  30. ______United States state seals
  31. ______Unclassified items

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Professor Frederick William Charles Lieder, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1919 May 7.

Recataloged from US2185.64*.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt with the assistance of Charlotte Gray.
Link to catalog
Lieder, Frederick W. C. (Frederick William Charles), 1881-1953, collector. Frederick Lieder political button collection: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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