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Paul Hamilton Hayne papers

Identifier: Mss 0023

Collection Overview

Papers include letters from Paul Hamilton Hayne, a holograph poem, clippings of Hayne's poems, clippings of articles by or about Hayne, clippings of Hayne's obituaries, a printed statement (account, 1883) regarding the estate of Susan B. Hayne (1896), a typescript copy of a letter from M[ary] M. Hayne to Miss Susan B. Hayne, three letters from publishers, a holograph poem and typescript poems (unsigned), clippings of eulogies, and a typed manuscript "Miscellaea concerning Paul Hamilton Hayne, W[illiam] H. Hayne, [Arthur Hugh] Clough, and [Sidney] Lanier" containing copies of poems and letters.

A letter from Hayne to the editors of Home Journal (1859) concerns a poem Hayne contributed to the magazine in 1855. Letters from Hayne to Susan B. Hayne at Charleston (S.C.) concern family and friends.


  • Creation: 1859-1899, 1942


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Poet born in Charleston, South Carolina. Paul Hamilton Hayne, the only child of Paul Hamilton Hayne and Emily McElhenny Hayne, was raised by his mother and uncle Robert Young Hayne (U.S. Senator and South Carolina Governor) after his father died. Hayne married Mary Middleton Michel (of Charleston) in 1852, and had a son, William H. Hayne. Hayne's aunt was Susan B. Hayne. Hayne briefly practiced law but abandoned that profession for a literary career. He became editor of Russell's Magazine and the Charleston Literary Gazette, contributed poems and articles to various periodicals, and published three volumes of poetry in Boston. The Civil War destroyed much of his property, causing him to move his family to "Copse Hill" at Grovetown, Georgia in 1866.


0.2 linear feet (1 slim document box)


Papers include letters, poems, and clippings from and about poet Paul Hamilton Hayne of Charleston, South Carolina. Also included is correspondence between his wife Mary Middleton Hayne and his aunt Susan B. Hayne, poems and letters from Paul Hamilton Hayne's son William H. Hayne, and typescript poems of Arthur Hugh Clough and Sidney Lanier.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Processing Information

Originally processed by Special Collections staff, date unknown. Reprocessed by Cara McHugh, March 2013.

Inventory of the Paul Hamilton Hayne Papers, 1859-1899, 1942
Processed by: Special Collections staff; machine-readable finding aid created by: Cara McHugh
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