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Columbia University (New York, NY 10027-7922)
Sean MacLeod Quimby (Project Director: December 2014 to present)

Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

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$175,000 (approved)
$175,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2016 – 11/30/2017

The Selected Papers of John Jay: Publication of Vols. 5 and 6 and Submission to Press of Vol. 7

Preparation for print publication of volumes 5 (1788-1795), 6 (1795-1829), and 7 (personal and family papers) and online publication of volumes 4 and 5 of the papers of John Jay (1745-1829), a member of the Continental Congress, first Chief Justice of the United States, and governor of New York. (22 months)

The Selected Papers of John Jay is a scholarly edition of the Founding Father's papers, conducted at Columbia's Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Jay represented New York in the Continental Congresses, was a negotiator of the peace of 1782, and was Secretary for Foreign Affairs during the Confederation. He authored five of the Federalist Papers, was the first Chief Justice of the United States, negotiated the Jay Treaty in 1795, and was Governor of New York. The letterpress edition, published by the University of Virginia Press, will consist of seven volumes of letters and documents, annotated and interspersed with commentary. The edition will bring together, for the first time, all of Jay's most significant documents in context. The published material will become widely available online through the University of Virginia's Rotunda Founding Era series. The edition refers readers to the Jay digital archive, adding value to the online database by providing historical context and interpretation.