"Premier John Jay: The Most Important Man in America" at Columbia University March 25
NEW YORK, March 18, 2010 –

To celebrate the release of The Selected Papers of John Jay, Volume 1: 1760–1779, edited by Elizabeth M. Nuxoll, the Friends of the Columbia Libraries will host a public program on March 25 at 6:00 p.m.. John Kaminski, director of The Center for the Study of the American Constitution at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will speak on "Premier John Jay: The Most Important Man in America" at Butler Library, Room 523, 535 West 114th Street on the Morningside campus. The event is co-sponsored by The Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History.

The acquisition in 1957 of the core of the Jay Papers, more than 2,000 documents, and subsequent gifts and purchases led to the publication of The Papers of John Jay. This leading project in historical documentary editing was founded by the late Richard B. Morris, the Gouverneur Morris Professor of History at Columbia. For more on the publication of Volume 1, see the announcement.

John P. Kaminski is the founder and director of the Center for the Study of the American Constitution at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the editor of The Quotable Jefferson and The Founders on the Founders: Word Portraits from the American Revolutionary Era as well as the author or co-author of over 15 other books on early U.S. history.

A reception and book signing will immediately follow the presentation. For more information regarding this event or to attend, please respond to cul-events@columbia.edu. To view a listing of events, visit: http://alumni-friends.library.columbia.edu

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