Guide to the Paul Hamilton Hayne papers, 1815-1944 and undated

Collection Overview

Correspondence, diaries, notes, scrapbooks, clippings, and literary manuscripts of Hayne and his family. The papers illustrate Hayne's career and refer to Russell's Magazine (which Hayne edited), literary criticism, Southern writers, American literature, politics, including Reconstruction in South Carolina, and other subjects.

Includes Hayne's diaries (1864-1884), largely composed of comments on correspondence and notations of ideas and events, and manuscript copies of poems, many autographed, by Hayne's son, William Hamilton Hayne.

Major correspondents include Edward Bok, Jefferson Davis, Charles A. E. Gayarré, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sidney Lanier, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Thomas Nelson Page, James Platt, Margaret Junkin Preston, Francis S. Saltus, William Gilmore Sims, Edmund C. Stedman, Alexander H. Stephens, Algernon C. Swinburne, Henry Timrod, Moses Colt Tyler, and John Greenleaf Whittier.

The addition (accession #2000-0273) (250 items; 2.2 linear feet, dated 1831-1886, contains transcriptions of selected letters, typed and annotated by Rayburn Moore as he edited A Man of Letters in the Nineteenth-century South (1982). Many of the original letters may be found in Duke University's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
Paul Hamilton Hayne papers
1815-1944 and undated
Hayne, Paul Hamilton, 1830-1886
13.8 Linear Feet, about 4930 items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

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Contents of the Collection

1. Correspondence Series, 1815-1927 and undated

Transcriptions of letters from 1831-1886, typed and annotated by Rayburn Moore, exist. Please see the container list for accession# 2000-0273.

Box 1
Box 2
Box 3
Box 4
Box 5
Box 6
1882-1883 April
Box 7
1883 May-1884
Box 8
Box 9
Box 10
Box 11
Box 12
1908-1927 and undated; includes undated fragments
Box 13
Box 14
Box 15-18
Financial papers
Box 19
Correspondence from transcriber of Hayne's letters
Box 19
Box 19
Box 20
Box 21
Contemporary authors
Box 22
Miscellaneous papers
Box 22
P.H. Hayne
Box 23-24
Literary criticisms
Box 25
War reminiscences
Box 25
Box 26
Works: A-S
Box 27
Works: T-Z
Box 28
Last Poems
Box 28
Wickham's Roost
Box 28
Misc., unidentified
Box 28
Biographical materials
Box 29
Box 29
Box 29
Works of contemporary authors
Box 29

Transcriptions of selected correspondence

Typed and annotated by Rayburn Moore, editor of A Man of Letters in the Nineteenth-Century South: The Selected Letters of Paul Hamilton Hayne, 1982

1831 May 10-1881 Feb. 5
Box 1
1881 Feb. 8-1883 Aug. 23
Box 2
1883 Aug. 30-1885 Apr. 17
Box 3
1885 Apr. 19-1886 Nov. 13
Box 4

Historical Note

Poet and literary critic, of Charleston, S.C., and Columbia County, Georgia

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Paul Hamilton Hayne Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University


The Paul Hamilton Hayne Papers was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase from 1944-2000.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff; Ruth Bryan; and Danielle McGregor

Completed May 14, 2002

Encoded by Ruth E. Bryan