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Title Papers [manuscript]: 1794-1841 (1814-1841) [Volume 4]
Author Payne, John Howard (1791-1852)
Date
Document Type Correspondence; Official Record; Diary
Description

From the Newberry Library Catalogue: [4 of 14] Letters to Payne conerning Cherokee ethnology, missions, and government relations

The John Howard Payne Papers primarily relate to the Cherokee Indians between 1794 and 1841 (bulk 1814-1841). This extensive collection contains fourteen volumes of manuscript notes, memoranda, incoming correspondence, and unpublished works. The subject matter includes among others the political and social history of the Cherokee nation, accounts of religious customs, myths, and legends, and government relations and treaties with the United States.

Keywords Supreme Court of the United States, mythology, legend, ethnology, anthropology, tradition, culture, ceremony, ritual, missionary, government, government relations, history, essay, treaty, court, letter
Theme American Indians and the US Government; Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Southeast
Additional Information John Howard Payne, actor, editor, and diplomat, was born in New York City in 1791. While in Georgia in 1835 in search of material for his magazine, Payne became acquainted with John Ross of the Cherokee nation whose affairs with the United States government were in turmoil. Ross gave Payne original material which he used in a series of published articles in an effort to obtain justice for the Cherokee Indians and served as source material for an unpublished history of the Cherokee nation. Payne later served as U.S. consul in Tunis where he died in 1852.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 689
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue