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John Jay papers, 1668- 1862

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0669
Bib ID 4078947 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Jay, John, 1745-1829
Title John Jay papers, 1668- 1862
Physical Description 69 boxes (69 boxes)
Language(s) English .

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This collection is arranged into 5 series.



Letters, manuscripts, documents, and letterbooks of Jay and of many members of his family. The letters touch on every aspect of American life and government of the period, and contain correspondence from such prominent individuals as John Adams, George Clinton, James Duane, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Rufus King, John Paul Jones, Marquis de Lafayette, Robert B. Livingston, William Livingston, Gouverneur Morris, Robert Morris, Edmund Randolph, Philip Schuyler, and George Washington. There are approximately 500 letters from Jay, primarily drafts of correspondence to the persons listed above, as well as his correspondence as Secretary of Foreign Affairs, 1784-1789. The manuscripts and documents include many reports, commissions, and diplomas, as well as a draft copy of THE FEDERALIST Number 5 and Jay's oath of office as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court; also included are manumission documents, and a group of documents from Trinity Church, where his father was a vestryman from 1715 to 1785. The collection includes copies of Jay's letter book as Secretary of State, 10 Oct. 1788-25 Dec. 1792, and of four letters from John Armstrong, 19 June-27 Dec. 1810; and a copy of the pair of silverplated candlesticks from the Treaty of Paris, 3 Sept. 1783, reproduced by the Smithsonian Institution.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); John Jay papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

The Papers of John Jay is an image database and indexing tool comprising some 13,000 documents (more than 30,000 page images) scanned chiefly from photocopies of original documents. Most of the source material was assembled by Columbia University's John Jay publication project staff during the 1960s and 1970s under the direction of the late Professor Richard B. Morris.

Existence and Location of Copies

Type of reproduction--Copies in part

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 07/--/89.

Revision Description

2010-02-15 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Adams, John, 1735-1826 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
African Americans -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clinton, George, 1739-1812 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Duane, James, 1733-1797 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Families -- New York (State) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jay family Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Judges Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
King, Rufus, 1755-1827 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Livingston, Robert B (Robert Burr), 1918-2002 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Livingston, William, 1723-1790 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morris, Gouverneur, 1752-1816 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morris, Robert, approximately 1745-1815 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Randolph, Edmund, 1753-1813 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schuyler, Philip John, 1733-1804 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Slaves -- Emancipation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Statesmen Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trinity Church Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Foreign relations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1789 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Social life and customs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Department of Foreign Affairs. Office of the Secretary Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Department of State Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Supreme Court Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Washington, George, 1732-1799 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

American Chief Justice, diplomat.