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Francis Scott Key Papers, 1779-1842


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Collection Overview

Francis Scott Key Papers, 1779-1842
Mss. 39.2 K52
8.0 Items
Primary Creator
Key, Francis Scott (1779-1843)
Other Creators
Handy, Levin (1754-1799)
Date Acquired
Forms of Material
Correspondence, Invoices


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Scope and Contents of the Materials

Accounts and a signed check, 1832-1842, of Francis Scott Key. Papers also include a letter, 22 August 1779, from Levin Handy, Paramus, N. J. to George Handy, Snow Hill, Md. describing the battle of Paulus Hook, N.J.; and notes, n.d., concerning the Revolutionary War claim of [?] Cazeau.

Biographical Note

American lawyer, author, and amateur poet who wrote the words to the United States national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner.". Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: <a href="http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Francis Scott Key">http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Francis Scott Key</a>.

Subject/Index Terms

Box and Folder Listing

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22 August 1779.  S. William Handy, Paramus, to George Handy, Snow Hill, Maryland.  Describes the battle of Paulus Hook. ALS. 3 PP.

n.d.  Memoranda concerning the revolutionary claim of [?] Cazeau. 2 items.

1832-1842.  Four invoices and a signed autograph check of Francis Scott Key.  5 items.

Administrative Information

Special Collections Research Center
Acquisition Source
Francis Scott Key-Smith of Washington, D.C.
Acquisition Method
Preferred Citation
Francis Scott Key Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.