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Guide to the Horatio Gates papers, 1726-1828 (bulk 1774-1780) MS 240

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Collection processed by Julia Lipkins

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Administrative Information

Provenance note

Horatio Gates’ wife, Mary Vallance Gates, died in 1810. In the wake of her death, Joel Barlow inherited the papers of Horatio Gates. Barlow, a poet and politician, had intended to write a history of the American Revolution. However in 1811, President James Madison sent Barlow on a diplomatic mission to France. Robert Fulton, a friend of Barlow’s, received the Gates papers on Barlow’s behalf. Barlow died in Poland in 1813 and his work on the American Revolution was never completed. In 1814, Barlow’s wife donated the Gates papers to the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS). At the time, the papers were stored in a trunk in Fulton’s home. The papers arrived at N-YHS in 1816 and were arranged by John Pintard, a founder of N-YHS.

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to qualified researchers.

This collection has been microfilmed and it will be brought to the researcher in that format. A comprehensive index to the microfilm will be provided to researchers on site. Gates’ orderly books have been digitized and are accessible via the EBSCO Revolutionary War Era Orderly Books database. Researchers may also print out unlimited copies from microfilm reader-printer machines at per-exposure rates. See guidelines in the Reading Room for details.

Conditions Governing Use note

This collection is owned by the New-York Historical Society. The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation note

Horatio Gates papers, MS 240, New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials at the New-York Historical Society

John Burgoyne letters, 1777-1778.

Northern Department, Continental Army orderly books, 1776-1782.

Revolutionary War miscellaneous collection, 1774 - ca. 1847.

Richard Varick papers, 1743-1871 (bulk 1775-1830).

Additional materials relating to the collection can be located by searching the library's online catalog.

Processing Information note

In 1975, N-YHS received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to microfilm the Gates papers. At the time, a search for additional materials related to Gates was conducted in various American and British libraries, in addition to other N-YHS collections. Relevant documents were submitted from over seventy institutions and as a result, the microfilm edition available at N-YHS includes both the original Gates papers, as well as the items loaned from other repositories. In 1979, the Microfilming Corporation of America, with sponsorship from N-YHS and NHPRC, published The Horatio Gates papers, 1726-1828: a guide to the microfilm edition. The  Guide provides a comprehensive index to the microfilm and is available for use in the Reading Room.


Saltzman, Martin, Barbara Dege, and Jenny Lawrence. 1979. The Horatio Gates papers, 1726-1828: a guide to the microfilm edition. Sanford, N.C.: Microfilming Corp. of America.