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Joseph Delaplaine correspondence

Identifier: Vault MSS 450

Scope and Contents

Handwritten correspondence written between 1813-1824. Contains letters sent between Joseph Delaplaine and popular American figures of the early nineteenth century. The majority of items concern information for Delaplaine's book, "Repository of the Lives and Portraits of Distinguished Americans." Includes handwritten autobiographical sketches of Oliver Wolcott Sr. and William Pinkney and letters from prominent political figures such as William Henry Harrison and Richard Mentor Johnson.


  • 1813-1824


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Joseph Delaplaine correspondence must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Joseph Delaplaine was a Philadelphian bookseller and publisher who lived from 1777 to 1824.

Joseph Delaplaine was born in December 20, 1777 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He married Jane Anne Livingston and throughout his life was interested in history, especially that of the United States and the early patriots who shaped it. He wrote and had published a book in 1815, entitled "Delaplaine's Repository of the Lives and Portraits of Distinguished American Characters." In this book, Delaplaine wrote on figures such as Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and other American patriots. Joseph Delaplaine died on May 31, 1824 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


14 folders (0.7 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Items arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

Provenance unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition unknown.


Treatment of Subject Depth (Orphaned Manuscript Collection Development Policy, IV.a, February 2014).

Processing Information

Processed; Leslie Evans, student manuscript processor; 2011. Revised for DACS compliance; Shaelyn Stohl, student manuscript processor and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2018.

Register of Joseph Delaplaine correspondence
Leslie Evens
2011 October 25
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States