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20 March 2018
The Papers of Martin Van Buren seeks five undergraduate interns for this presidential papers project, which will produce a digital edition that makes available first-pass transcriptions of approximately 13,000 known Van Buren documents. Duties: Digitize, folder, catalog, transcribe, annotate, and/or proofread documents, as well as other project-related duties as assigned by the editorial staff. Length of internship: Three-month appointment... Continue Reading
14 February 2018
Thanks to the generosity of the Watson-Brown Foundation, The Papers of Martin Van Buren, hosted at Cumberland University (CU), is pleased to announce that it is able to offer three scholarships of up to $8,000 each for the Fall 2018 semester. CU students who are awarded these scholarships must meet the following requirements: 1. They must have a 3.0 GPA at the beginning of the award semester. 2. They must submit a letter of interest in the... Continue Reading
14 February 2018
The Papers of Martin Van Buren (PMVB) at Cumberland University will join the Virginia Digital Publishing Cooperative led by the University of Virginia, a collaborative made possible thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Digital Edition Publishing Cooperative Grant program, which was created in 2017 by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The cooperative, one of only eight... Continue Reading
10 February 2018
Cumberland University’s Papers of Martin Van Buren (PMVB) project recently received a grant of $198,000 from the Watson-Brown Foundation. The PMVB project is a joint digital and print project directed by Dr. Mark Cheathem, professor of history at Cumberland University. The project will make accessible approximately 13,000 documents belonging to the eighth president via the vanburenpapers.org website and a print edition of Van Buren’s most... Continue Reading
Members of the Tennessee General Assembly
16 November 2017
We were pleased to host several members of the Tennessee General Assembly on Wednesday, November 15. Reps. Mark Pody, Tim Rudd, Darren Jernigan, and Steve McDaniel took part in a luncheon during which we outlined the project's recent success and future goals. The representatives also received a tour of the project office, where they were able to see our ongoing work on Series 2 (1833-1837) documents. Read more about the visit here.  
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19 June 2017
We are thrilled to share the news that the Van Buren Papers received an NHPRC grant for 2017-18. The official Cumberland University press release: Cumberland University received a grant for $60,752 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Papers of Martin Van Buren (PMVB) project. The funds will support the creation of the digital version of the papers of Martin Van Buren, which will make accessible... Continue Reading
Cumberland University student David Gregory transcribes an 1844 letter sent to Martin Van Buren — one of about 13,000 documents contained in an archive of the former president's papers.
17 June 2017
Chas Sisk with Nashville Public Radio recently visited the PMVB offices to interview project director Mark Cheathem and several students working on the papers over the summer. You can read or listen to the interview here.
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02 May 2017
On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, Cumberland University will be hosting a fundraiser at the law offices of Mr. Elliott Ozment. General admission tickets are only $5. There will be a VIP tour beforehand; tickets for this tour are $50. Learn more about the event here.
Hannah Van Buren
29 September 2016
So who was Hannah Van Buren? She is a mysterious presence in the story of Martin Van Buren, a crucial piece of his life reduced to a shadow—mostly because of Martin’s silence. Van Buren famously did not mention her in his autobiography, an omission that has long confounded historians. It is believed that he destroyed all their correspondence. We arguably know less about her than any other president’s wife. Contemporaries described her as “mild... Continue Reading
Hannah Van Buren
29 September 2016
On February 21, 1807, in the town of Catskill, on a hilltop overlooking the Hudson River, Martin Van Buren secretly married his first cousin once removed, Hannah Hoes. The couple had traveled for twelve miles in the harsh Hudson Valley winter to reach the Hoxton House Inn, the country estate of Hannah’s brother-in-law, a former state senator, Judge Moses I. Cantine. By family standards, Martin was marrying young; Van Buren men had traditionally... Continue Reading

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