DUANE, James, 1733-1797


Guide to Research Collections

The New-York Historical Society
Manuscript Collections
New York, NY
Papers: ca. 1785, 2 volumes.
A formal statement of evidence and argument in favor of New York State’s boundary rights written by James Duane as a member of the state appointed by the committee charged with the task of garnering evidence to substantiate the State’s boundary claims relevant to the properties known as the New Hampshire Grants, including lands south of the Connecticut River, in what is today the state of Vermont.

Papers: In the Duane and Featherstonhaugh Family Papers, ca. 1666-1900, 7.5 linear feet.
The major portion of the collection are the papers of James Duane. James Duane’s notebooks, 1765-1789, contain daily notes on his activities, land transactions, and improvements at Duanesburgh, his Albany law practice, his service as a delegate to Congress, including his expenses, Livingston Manor, a trip with Lafayette to Albany, traveling with Luzerne from Morristown to Philadelphia, depreciation of money, costs of lands withheld by the Vermonters, and public roads out of Duanesburgh. His legal papers include briefs, notes, declarations, narratives, and arguments.

Papers: In the Walter Rutherfurd Papers, 1777-1794, 18 items.
Other authors include James Duane.


Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: In the William Samuel Johnson Papers, 1753-1802, 1 linear foot.
Correspondents include James Duane.

Microfilm: In the Van Schaack Family Papers, 1686-1887, 3 reels.
Correspondents include James Duane.


Copley Press, Inc.
J. S. Copley Library
La Jolla, CA
Papers: In the Alexander Hamilton Papers, 1780, 2 pages.
A letter from Alexander Hamilton to Judge James Duane written on October 18, 1780. Alexander Hamilton expresses his pleasure that General Gates is to be removed and succeeded by General Greene in the South.

Papers: In the John Jay Papers, 1785, 1 page.
A letter from John Jay to Samuel Johnson written on October 12, 1785. The letter is also signed by other individuals, including James Duane. The signers express that they would not be ready to meet the federal court appointed to decide an unspecified controversy.

Papers: In the Richard Montgomery Papers, 1775, 1 page.
A letter from Richard Montgomery to James Duane written on July 21, 1775. Richard Montgomery accepts his commission from Congress.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Peter Force Collection, 1752-1786, 200 items.
The papers are also available on microfilm. A finding aid is available in the repository.


Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: In the Cushing Family Papers, 1773-1857, 1 box.
Other authors include James Duane.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: n.d., 1 item.
A letter from James Duane to Gerard Banker.

Papers: 1772, 1 item.
A letter from James Duane to an unidentified recipient written on January 14, 1772.

Papers: 1779, 1 item.
A letter from James Duane to Pierce Van Cortland, President of the Senate, and Evert Bancker, Speaker of the Assembly, written on August 29, 1779.


New York City Department of Records and Information Services
Municipal Archives
New York, NY
Papers: In the New York Common Council Records, 1780, 1 item.
A voucher containing a payment request to General Malcom for the sum of sixteen pounds of gun powder to be used by the militia for the arrival of President Washington to New York. The voucher is signed by Mayor James Duane on April 22, 1789.


The New York Public Library
Rare Books & Manuscripts Division
New York, NY
Papers: In the Philip John Schuyler Papers, 1684-1851, 21 linear feet.
Other authors include James Duane. A finding aid is available in the repository.


New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections
Albany, NY
Papers: 1781, 2 pages.
A letter from James Duane to M. Brashier written on August 24, 1781. James Duane requests two certificates: one certificate states the facts regarding a debate in convention on the attempt to seize Governor Tryon; the second certificate states when James Duane’s orders to prevent Governor Tryon’s seizure were received.

Papers: ca. 1790, 2 pages.
A letter from James Duane to his son-in-law, Major William North, discussing the lease of some land to a young Scotsman, Mr. Edgar.

Papers: In the Duanesburg Patent Land Papers, 1734-1835, 76 items.
This is a collection of papers relating to the lands in the Duanesburg Patent, recording several transfers of title by various speculators leading to the acquisition by Anthony and James Duane of some 100,000 acres. An unpublished guide is available in the repository.

Papers: In the William North Papers, 1763-1820, 66 items.
Correspondence with James Duane concern lands in the Duanesburgh Patent and in the Steuben and Montgomery counties. An unpublished partial calendar is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Melancton Smith Papers, 1786-1792, 1 box.
Subjects covered in the papers include James Duane. An unpublished inventory is available in the repository.

Papers: In the John Williams Papers, 1767-1841, 1500 items.
Subjects covered in the papers include James Duane. An unpublished inventory is available in the repository.


The Rosenbach Museum & Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1778, 1 item.
A letter from James Duane to George Clinton written on March 13, 1778. James Duane writes concerning the treaty with the Six Nations of the Iroquois at John’s Town, the failure of plans for a second invasion of Canada under Lafayette, and of James Duane’s refusal to accept an appointment as a commissioner of Indian affairs.


University of Virginia
Special Collections Department, Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the Folly Farm Papers of the Smith, Lewis and Cochran Families, 1774-1891, 842 items.
Other authors include James Duane. A guide to the papers is available in the repository.