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Object ID 1987.004.000
Object Name Fonds
John Howard Payne, essayist, poet, playwright, and composer, probably best known for his sentimental "Home, Sweet Home," drifted into Cherokee affairs in the mid 1830s somewhat by accident. On a tour of the United States to promote subscription to a projected literary magazine, Payne passed through Georgia and heard that John Ross possessed manuscripts by Charles Hicks that described the Cherokee oral traditions. Payne was eager to meet Ross, and Ross convinced him to stay for the October, 1835, General Council where he could learn first-hand from some of the ancient members of the tribe the long and melancholy history of the Cherokees. The end result was the John Howard Payne Manuscript.

Bound copies of the Manuscript are located in the Cherokee section of the Archives library.
Microfilm copy is in Drawer 11 (See "Microfilm" finding guide). Much of the Payne material is included in Thomas Mails's publication, The Cherokee People.
Catalog type Archive
Title John Howard Payne Manuscript
Collection John Howard Payne Manuscript
People Payne, John Howard
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact