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John Barton Payne Papers

Identifier: Mss. 39.1 P29

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Scope and Contents

Chiefly letters and telegrams, 1920, received by John Barton Payne on the occasion of his appointment as U. S. Secretary of the Interior. Includes miscellaneous correspondence, some pertaining to his work as chairman of the American Red Cross and photographs, 1920, of Alaska.


  • Creation: 1893-1934
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1920


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

John Barton Payne, a lawyer, was born in Pruntytown, W. Va. 26 January 1855. He was admitted to the bar in 1876. He practiced law in Preston County, W. Va. before moving to Chicago where he practiced 1883-1893. He was judge of the Superior Court, Cook County, Illinois. 1893-1898, Secretary of the Interior 1920-1921 and chairman of the American Red Cross. His paintings and monetary gift were the impetus behind the founding of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Barton died in 1935.


660.00 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:


Separated Materials:

A number of manuscript volumes from this collection have been removed an cataloged separately, including the an autograph album and guest book of Charles P. Bryan, 1892-1917 (MsV Auto3), a scrapbook concerning Charles P. Bryan, 1913-1917 (MsV Sc3), a record of Thomas P. Bryan's religious sermons, 1862-1900 (MsV Sel), and the photograph albums of Charles P. Bryan, ca. 1865-1910 (MsV P1-2).

A copy of the will of John Barton Payne was separated from the College Papers Collection (UA 14) and was added to this collection on 6/8/2012.

Processing Information:

Box and Folder list compiled by Kassia Halcli, SCRC staff, in September 2011.

Guide to the John Barton Payne Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository