Scope and arrangement
The collection consist largely of Sickles' correspondence (1841-1913, undated) with friends, political associates and fellow Civil War veterans on subjects such as veterans organizations, war memorials, state and national politics, and his ministry to Spain. The letters are mostly to him, and only a few are by him. His wife's correspondence (1856- 1862) is also included. There are 4 letterpress books (1870-1874) covering his tenure as the American minister in Spain. Newspaper clippings (1867-1914) are numerous in the collection, relating mostly to the civil War, veterans' reunions and Sickles' political career. There is also a volume of clippings from newspapers all over the United States pertaining to Sickles' involvement and endorsement of William McKinley in his presidential campaign against William J. Bryan in 1896.