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John Howard Payne papers, 1780-1952

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0984
Bib ID 4079203 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Payne, John Howard, 1791-1852
Title John Howard Payne papers, 1780-1952
Physical Description 26 boxes (26 boxes 1 portfolio)
Language(s) English .

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Manuscripts by Payne, including plays, poems, journals, essays, account books, correspondence, letter books (to and from) including a large group of letters from Washington Irving. Also, pictorial material, scrapbooks, biographies, portraits, passports, and other documents; and materials on the Cherokee incident, 1835-1838, and Payne's arrest in Georgia. Other material include letters of various members of the Payne family and of related families. Of greatest interest is a group of fine letters and manuscripts of Eloise Richards Payne (1787-1819), a sister of the playwright. These present a sensitive and revealing portrait of the social, cultural, and political life of the time. Among the manuscripts and documents are many items of genealogical interest on the Paine, Shippen, Lynch, Luquer, and Lea families. Two boxes of the papers of Col. Thatcher Taylor Payne Luquer contain correspondence on various aspects of John Howard Payne's career, and on "An Unconscious Autobiography" the letters and diaries of William Osborn Payne (1783-1804), a brother of the playwright, edited by Col. Luquer.

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 Howard Payne papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/1989.

2 letters: Badams, L.H. & J.H.P., 9 Apr 1815 Cataloged HR 03/17/1994.

The original printed finding aid was converted into an EAD document in October 2020. There is additional description in the printed finding aid that was not included in the EAD document, specifically a family tree that cannot be duplicated in the online finding aid. The family tree from the original printed finding aid is available here as a pdf.

Revision Description

2020-10-22 EAD document created by CCR.

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:"
Account books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Actors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Badams, Louisa Holcroft, 1806- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cherokee Indians -- Civil rights Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Consuls Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diplomatic and consular service, American -- Tunisia Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diplomatic and consular service, American -- Tunisia -- Tunis Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dramatists, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Georgia -- History -- 1775-1865 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Heap, Samuel Davis, 1781-1853 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Irving, Washington, 1783-1859 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kenney, Louisa, 1777 or 1778-1853 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lamb, Mary, 1764-1847 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lea family Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Leslie, Charles Robert, 1794-1859 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Luquer family Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Luquer, Thatcher Payne Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lynch family Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Payne family Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Payne, Eloisa R. (Eloisa Richards), 1787- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Payne, William Osborn, 1783-1812 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shippen family Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Talma, François Joseph, 1763-1826 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theater -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trail of Tears, 1838-1839 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tunis (Tunisia) -- Description and travel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Actor, playwright, U.S. Consul at Tunis, and champion of Indian rights.