Finding Aid: John Howard Payne (Grant Foreman Collection)

Institution: Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
Language of Material: English
Description: 46 items
Period covered: 1832 - 1945
Collection summary derived from "Guidebook to Manuscripts", 1969: John Howard Payne (1791-1852) visited the Cherokee country in the 1830's, and two of these letters are introductions to John Ross, the Cherokee Chief. There is an exchange of seven letters between them, mostly personal. Some letters and photostats concern the arrest of Ross and Payne.
One letter from John Ridge offers his regrets that Payne cannot visit his house and mentions sending him various Cherokee papers. Payne was planning to write a history of the Cherokees and there is correspondence concerning this as well as his commission to work on a permanent treaty with the Cherokees.
One letter, written in 1835, is from Clara B. Catlin, George Catlin's wife, telling Payne how deeply she is impressed with his song, “Home Sweet Home."

Background: Staff, interns, and volunteers of the Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive have contributed to the organization and maintenance of the files since the collection passed to the City of Tulsa in the 1950s. The Gilcrease Foundation acquired these materials before 1964 and is housed in the Helmerich Center for American Research (HCAR). The library currently receives most materials through community donation, board members, artists and the acquisition of manuscript collections.

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Arrangement Title Description Date
John Howard Payne, Folder 1 Diagram of an ancient mound on Tennessee River

Diagram of an ancient mound on Tennessee River.
Folder 1

December 22, 1834
John Howard Payne, Folder 2 D'apres Nature

A story and sketch from Francis S. Belton to John Howard Payne.
Folder 2

May 28, 1835
John Howard Payne, Folder 3 Letter from Ed Harden to John Ross introducing John Howard Payne

Folder 3

August 28, 1835
John Howard Payne, Folder 4 Letter from P. Rockwell to John Ross introducing John Howard Payne

Folder 4

September 24, 1835
John Howard Payne, Folder 6 Letter from John Ross to Joseph Williams introducing John Howard Payne

Folder 6

November 24, 1835
John Howard Payne, Folder 7 Letter from Clara B. Catlin to John Howard Payne

Folder 7

1835
John Howard Payne, Folder 8 Letter from John Howard Payne to John Ross

Folder 8

January 4, 1836
John Howard Payne, Folder 9 Letter from John Ross to John Howard Payne

Folder 9

January 7, 1836
John Howard Payne, Folder 10 Letter from Edward Harden to John Ross

Folder 10

January 20, 1836
John Howard Payne, Folder 11 Article "The Captivity of John Howard Payne by the Georgia Guard" from The North American Quarterly Magazine

Folder 11

January 1836
John Howard Payne, Folder 12 Letter from John Ross to John Howard Payne regarding the Cherokees' removal

Folder 12

February 10, 1838
John Howard Payne, Folder 13 Letter from John Ross to John Howard Payne

Folder 13

July 5, 1838
John Howard Payne, Folder 14 Letter from John Ross to John Howard Payne

Folder 14

January 22, 1840