John Jay Papers now accessible on Founders Online

The Selected Papers of John Jay has received the honor of being selected as the first documentary edition to be added to the National Archives’ Founders Online Database on 17 September 2020, Constitution Day. The presence of Jay alongside such distinguished company as Washington, Hamilton, Madison, Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin highlights both the recognition of […]

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New Date For The Conference “In Service To The New Nation: The Life And Legacy Of John Jay

The John Jay Papers and Columbia University Library announce the postponement of the conference “In Service to the New Nation: The Life and Legacy of John Jay.” The conference will now be held January 22-23, 2021. Due to the public health risks associated with large gatherings, the conference organizers have opted to hold the event […]

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Documenting an ‘Embr’d Chair, worked by Madame Lafayette for Mrs. Jay’

Editors’ note: We are pleased to welcome Amy H. Henderson as a guest contributor to the John Jay Papers Blog. Amy H. Henderson, Ph.D., is an art historian and museum consultant whose work focuses on the intersection of politics and decorative arts. She is completing her first book manuscript, Furnishing the Republic: Material Culture, Gender, and […]

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John Jay and the Yellow Fever Epidemics (Part 2)

As New York City is effectively shut down by a pandemic, we can remember that the COVID-19 outbreak is only the most recent to visit the region. During much of New York City’s early history, waves of infectious disease—including smallpox, measles, cholera, and yellow fever—struck the populace and severely disrupted public health, the economy, governance, […]

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John Jay and the Yellow Fever Epidemics (Part 1)

  As New York City is effectively shut down by a pandemic, we can remember that the COVID-19 outbreak is only the most recent to visit the region. During much of New York City’s early history, waves of infectious disease—including smallpox, measles, cholera, and yellow fever—struck the populace and severely disrupted public health, the economy, […]

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CFP: In Service to the New Nation: The Life and Legacy of John Jay

The John Jay Papers Project seeks paper proposals for a conference entitled “In Service to the New Nation: The Life and Legacy of John Jay,” to be held on September 24-25, 2020, at Columbia University. Dr. Joanne Freeman, Professor of American History at Yale University, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. The conference coincides […]

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William Livingston: Eighteenth-Century Media and Propaganda

Editor’s Note: We are pleased to welcome Nicole Skalenko and Victor Bretones as guest contributors to the John Jay Papers Blog. Sklaenko and Bretones are Honors undergraduate students in the Department of History at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. They collaborated on a  study of William Livingston (1723-90), the father-in-law of John Jay. Their […]

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“A Useful and Entertaining Work”: Christopher Colles’ Survey of the Roads

Chief Justice John Jay was constantly on the go. In order to fulfill his annual duties for the Supreme Court, he attended sessions for weeks at a time in Philadelphia1 and likewise spent months riding the circuit throughout New York and New England. The map below showing the spring 1792 term of the Eastern District highlights the extent of Jay’s […]

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