SEVIER, John, 1745-1815


Guide to Research Collections

Tennessee State Library and Archives
Nashville, TN
Papers: 1752-1839. ca. 100 items.
In part transcripts and photocopies. Correspondence, orders issued, biographical sketch, genealogical material, and legal documents. Unpublished register in repository.

Papers: In the David Campbell Papers, 1790-1794, 6 items.
The papers contain an excerpt from the journal of Governor John Sevier on judges in the territory, which includes some of their names and dates of terms.

Papers: In the Governor’s Papers, 1796-1801, 3 linear feet.
The papers of Governor John Sevier.

Papers: In the Governor’s Papers [second administration], 1803-1809, 1 linear foot.
The papers of Governor John Sevier.


Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 1 letter.


Cornell University Library
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Ithaca, NY
Papers: In Washington Irving’s Life of George Washington, Volume 14, Miscellany, 1784-1860, 68 items.
Correspondents include John Sevier.


Duke University Library
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections
Durham, NC
Papers: 1778-1812, 7 items.
The papers of John Sevier include a letter, 1787, from Richard Caswell, governor of North Carolina, concerning land speculation in Tennessee, trials for fraud in the purchase of army supplies, opposition of the North Carolina assembly to recent Indian treaties, and road construction in the mountains; directive, 1800, granting permission to William Lindsy and Zaduch Bowshairs to transport slaves from Tennessee to Natchez in the Mississippi Territory; a copy of a memorial sent in 1812 to the North Carolina legislature by Sevier and Isaac Shelby, first governor of Kentucky, requesting that the Assembly honor its commitment to grant the two men the sword and pistols that it had voted them for their service in the battle of King’s Mountain; and the reply from John Steele; and routine papers concerning legal matters.


Knox County Public Library
C.M. McClung Historical Collection
Knoxville, TN
Papers: 1786-1875. 2 1/2 inches.
Personal, business, and congressional papers and correspondence. Finding aid in repository.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1797-1812, 2 items.
The papers include Clerk’s copy of a letter (1797 January 12) from John Sevier, governor of Tennessee, to Silas Dinsmore, Indian agent, relating to Tennessee boundaries and to the Cherokee Indians; and ALS (1812 May 31) from John Sevier to his son, George Washington Sevier, concerning the impending war with Great Britain and British alliances with the Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Creek Indians.

Papers: In the William Blount Papers, 1783-1823, 80 items.
Correspondents include John Sevier.

Papers: In the Nathanael Greene Papers, 1775-1785, 1 linear foot.
Correspondents include John Sevier.

Papers: In the Andrew Jackson Papers, 1775-1874, 47.4 linear feet.
Correspondents include John Sevier.

Papers: At least 1 item (1791) in the George Washington papers.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 4 items of official correspondence (1797-1799) and 1 document (April 11, 1808).
Finding aid in repository.


University of Chicago
Special Collections Research Center
Chicago, IL
Papers: 1797, 1 item.
A letter from William Blount to John Sevier written on June 1, 1797. In the letter, Blount writes that money is being sent to pay the militia of General Sevier’s Brigade for services performed in 1793. He also writes that the President has nominated Charles [Cotesworth] Pinckney, John Marshall, and Francis Dana as envoys extraodinary to France.