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Guide to the John Jay Papers
1664-1823
 MS 330

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Library staff. Finding aid by Christine George

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on March 21, 2019
Finding aid is written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Content

The John Jay Papers cover a significant period of American History, from 1664-1820. The bulk of the papers are from Jay and his work as a statesman, foreign diplomat, and two-term governor of New York. There are a variety of materials from Jay including correspondence, dispatches, official documents, legal papers, and notes. Some of these materials are from significant projects or moments—the New York - New Jersey Line War, Jay's Treaty, Spanish and French negotiations, and Federalist #64. The earlier material which pre-dates the American Revolution as well as Jay's birth seems to be from his relatives, both the Jay and Van Cortlandt families.

At some point, this collection was arranged and put on microfilm. Because of this, the arrangement was set prior to the creation of this finding aid. The series should be interpreted broadly as a means of encompassing as much as possible. There are descriptions of each series to highlight what may not be apparent from series and folder titles.

It should be noted that there are materials within this collection that, for whatever reason, are not on microfilm. Any material in the collection that does not appear on the microfilm can be easily identified because it does not have a reel number listed after the folder title.

All material that is on microfilm must be viewed in that format. For the materials that do appear on the microfilm, the reel number is included as well as the ordered number the original processer gave the information after the folder title. When consulting the microfilm, please be aware that on Reel 1, #3 there is no "S," and on Reel 3 there is no #9 or #13.

Arrangement Note

The John Jay Papers were arranged at some point by an unknown individual and preserved on microfilm. This finding aid attempts to work with the pre-set arrangement. The series should be taken broadly. Each series has its own scope and content note which describes the series and notable items within the series that may not be readily apparent by the series' title.

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  1. Series I: Revolutionary War Era History and Correspondence
  2. Series II: Negotiations with Britian
  3. Series III: Governing New York
  4. Series IV: Documents Concerning Law and Government
  5. Series V: Documents Concerning Scholastic, Professional, Religious, and Community Organizations
  6. Series VI: Law Papers
  7. Series VII: New York-New Jersey Boundary Dispute
  8. Series VIII: Assorted Correspondence, Documents, and Notes