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John Milton Hay Papers

Identifier: BC275

Scope and Contents

The John Milton Hay Papers, 1856-1905, includes letters, diaries, esssays, and poems spanning his education and career, concerning his political relationship with Abraham LIncoln and his tenure as Secretary of State. Of particular interest are four manuscript poems by Hay, twenty seven essays written while he was at Brown University and letters from John D. Blatz (author), J.G. Cowles (Cleveland broker), George F. Hammond (Cleveland architect), Arthur H. Palmer (Brown University librarian), and Daniel E. Sickles (U.S. Minister to Spain). The letters from Hammond discuss the details of the houses he is building and frequently give itemized costs of materials. Draft, by Henry Adams, of letters and diaries of Hay used in preparation of the privately published Letters and Diaries of John Hay, 1908. Includes some original letters from Hay to William Dean Howells, John Nicolay, Sir John Clark, Senator John G. Morgan, Lord Salsbury, John J. McCook, Edward Hale and one letter, 1900 to “Dear Mr. President”. The draft includes numerous letters to Nicolay and Adams and a number to “Bob Lincoln” His diary covers his years with Lincoln and gives some very intimate reference to the President. It also covers his years aboard, as editor and as Secretary of State.


  • Created: 1856-1905
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1940


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


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