| Compiled by Kenneth Drexler, Digital Reference Specialist
The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the presidential election of 1884, including broadsides, prints, political cartoons, sheet music, newspaper articles, and government documents. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the presidential election of 1884 that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the 1884 election and a selected bibliography.
1884 Presidential Election Results 
James G. Blaine
Library of Congress Web Site | External Web Sites | Selected Bibliography
An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera
The Printed Ephemera collection comprises 28,000 primary-source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history. While the broadside format represents the bulk of the collection, there are a significant number of leaflets and some pamphlets.
James G. Blaine (Republican candidate)
Grover Cleveland (Democratic candidate)
- Campaign of 1884. Labor record of Grover Cleveland. A startling instance of his love for and care of laboring men!
- Can honest Americans vote for Jas. G. Blaine? [From a speech at Cincinnati, Sept. 25, 1884, by Hon. Carl Schurz. New York, 1884].
- The charges swept away. A political scandal speedily settled. Report of a committee of Independent Republicans dwelling in Buffalo, concerning accusations against Governor Cleveland.
- Common-sense committee. Broken promises renewed! Workingmen think for yourselves!... Vote for Cleveland ...
- The Democratic candidates--- 1884. Stephen Grover Cleveland of New York. Thomas A. Hendricks of Indiana ...
- Facts for workingmen ... Vote for Grover Cleveland for the presidency ...
- "I cannot vote for a Democrat." This is a remark which we constantly hear from men who admit that Mr. Blaine is dishonest, and who will not vote for him ...
- A record of the statesmanship and political achievements of S. Grover Cleveland Democratic nominee for President of the United States, compiled from the records by a citizen 1884.
- Republican promise and performance... Workingmen: turn the Republicans out. Vote for Cleveland...
- The size of it! Blood will tell!! This settles the presidency! A six and one-quarter hat and number twelve boots! The capacity of one and the incapacity of the other. From the New York extra. The candidates phrenologically considered ...
- Soap! Soap! Blaine's only hope! Blaine's funeral died November 4th, 1884 ...
- To Republicans and independent voters. Chicago, Sept. 20, 1884.
- To the voters of Massachusetts... For those reasons, we urge all our fellow-citizens to united with us in our efforts to secure the election of Governor Cleveland.
- A western republican on Mr. Blaine's nomination. Letter of Hon. Thad C. Pound.
- Workingmen, don't be fooled! Independent Republicans are voting against their candidates because they believe Mr. Blaine the tool of monopolists ... Vote for Cleveland.
John St. John (Prohibition candidate)
The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals
This collection presents twenty-three popular periodicals digitized by Cornell University Library and the Preservation Reformatting Division of the Library of Congress.
This site allows you to search and view millions of historic American newspaper pages from 1836-1922. Search this collection to find newspaper articles about the presidential election of 1884.
A selection of articles on the 1884 presidential election includes:
- The Greenback Ticket. Daily Evening Bulletin. (Maysville, Kentucky) May 31, 1884.
- Jim and Jack. The "Plumed Knight" of Maine and the "Black Eagle" of Illinois. Omaha Daily Bee. (Omaha, Nebraska) June 7, 1884.
- Cleveland Conquers. The Sedalia Weekly Bazoo. (Sedalia, Missouri) July 15, 1884.
- Not a Soldier On It. Cleveland and Hendricks the Democratic Ticket at Chicago. The National Tribune. (Washington City, D.C.) July 17, 1884.
- Gov. St. John Nominated. The Prohibition Party's Candidate for Presidency. The Sun. (New York, New York) July 25, 1884.
- A Case of Very Close. The Democrats Still Have a Slight Lead in New York State. The National Tribune. (Washington City, D.C.) November 7, 1884.
- The Results. No More Doubt. Cleveland and Hendricks Elected! The Louisiana Democrat. (Alexandria, Louisiana) November 8, 1884.
- It's All Over. Nobody Doubts the Election of Cleveland. The Salt Lake Herald. (Salt Lake City, Utah) November 16, 1884.
Performing Arts Encyclopedia (PAE)
The PAE is a guide to performing arts resources at the Library of Congress and provides information about the Library's unsurpassed collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, and other materials.
A selection of sheet music from the 1884 presidential election includes:
Search the PAE to find additional sheet music related to James Blaine's campaign and Grover Cleveland's campaign.
Pictorial Americana: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library of Congress
Pictorial Americana, a Library of Congress publication, contains a chapter listing selected images related to the 1884 presidential election.
Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Search PPOC using the following subject headings to find additional prints, political cartoons, and other digital images related to the presidential election of 1884.
November 4, 1884
On November 4, 1884, Democrat Grover Cleveland defeated Republican James G. Blaine ending a particularly acrimonious campaign. The outcome of the presidential race was determined by the electoral vote of New York, which Cleveland won with a plurality of just 1,047 votes.
The American Presidency Project: Election of 1884
The American Presidency Project Web site presents election results from the 1884 presidential election.
HarpWeek: The Presidential Elections 1860-1912
This HarpWeek Web site features political cartoons from Harper's Weekly, Leslie's Illustrated Weekly, Vanity Fair, Puck, Judge, and American Political Prints, 1766-1876: A Catalog of the Collections in the Library of Congress. It provides explanations of the historical context and images of each cartoon, campaign overviews, biographical sketches, a review of the era's major issues, and other valuable information related to the 1896 presidential election.
Blaineism. A Short Catechism for Honest Voters. New York: H. A. Rost, 1884. [Catalog Record] [Full Text]
An Exchange of Views on Cleveland and Blaine. New York: H. A. Rost, 1884. [Catalog Record] [Full Text]
How Shall I Vote? Candidates and Parties Face to Face; A Startling Contrast of Lives and Records, by a Citizen ... New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1884. [Catalog Record] [Full Text]
The Political Reformation of 1884. A Democratic Campaign Book. By Authority of the National Democratic Committee. New York, 1884. [Catalog Record] [Full Text]
Portraits of Republican and Democratic Candidates with the Nominating Speeches, and Sketches of the Lives of the Candidates. Chicago: Vandercook & Co., 1884. [Catalog Record] [Full Text]
Proceedings of the Eighth Republican National Convention Held at Chicago, Illinois, June 3, 4, 5, and 6, 1884. Chicago: Printed by Order of the Republican National Committee, 1884. [Catalog Record] [Full Text]
Blaine, James Gillespie. The Words of James G. Blaine on the Issues of the Day. Boston: D. L. Guernsey, 1884. [Catalog Record] [Full Text]
Boyd, Thomas B. The Blaine and Logan Campaign of 1884. Chicago: J. L. Regen & Co., 1884. [Catalog Record] [Full Text]
Cooper, Thomas V. Campaign of ’84. Biographies of James G. Blaine, the Republican Candidate for President, and John A. Logan, the Republican Candidate for Vice-President... New York: Baird & Dillon, 1884. [Catalog Record] [Full Text]
Williams, C. R. Lives of Blaine and Logan. Philadelphia: E. T. Haines & Co., 1884. [Catalog Record] [Full Text]
Summers, Mark W. Rum, Romanism & Rebellion: The Making of a President, 1884. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000. [Catalog Record]
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