Columbia University Libraries Receives Support for John Jay Papers Project

NEW YORK, June 10, 2008 Columbia University Libraries recently received a one-year $150,000 grant from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission for continued support to produce a series of unpublished papers of John Jay, America's first Chief Justice, architect of the Treaty of Paris, and an author of The Federalist.

Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library is producing a multivolume scholarly edition of Jay’s papers, The Selected Papers of John Jay. The edition is designed to revise and complete work begun in the late 1950s by Richard B. Morris, an eminent Jay scholar and Columbia University professor, who supplemented the major collection of original Jay Papers at Columbia with copies of Jay documents secured from archives throughout the world.

The seven-volume Selected Papers of John Jay will be the first modern edition of John Jay’s life and papers and will provide specialized information for students and scholars. The project complements the online database The Papers of John Jay 1745–1849: An Image Database, found at

Work on the project has been generously supported by The National Historical Publications & Records Commission since 2004.

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