The archival collections featured below provide correspondence from notable scholars and historians who weighed in on the validity of The Horn Papers. Personal research debunking or confirming aspects of the disputed publication are also preserved in such documents. These original records provide interesting insights into the debate and the impact of the forgery. Represented here, among other scholarly collections, are 10 of the 11 members who served on the committee chaired by Solon Justus Buck, Archivist of the United States, to investigate The Horn Papers. Also listed are collections maintained by local organizations in Greene County, Pennsylvania, pertaining to William Franklin Horn's newspaper columns, manuscripts, and correspondence throughout the process of publication and the ensuing investigation.
Make an appointment with the William & Mary Libraries Special Collection Research Center External to view this collection. See the Finding Aid External for additional information about the creator and contents.
Collection Identifier: Mss. 90 C17.
Series II: Horn Papers
Box 18 - Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania – Kenyon College
Folder 2 - Horn Papers – Correspondence: 1946-1949
Folder 3 - Horn Papers - Printed Material
Folder 4 - Horn Papers - Clippings
Selections from the Finding Aid External specific to the Horn Papers include:
Series: Pennsylvania--Western Pennsylvania (inclusive: 1936-1970).
Subseries: Correspondence--Horn Papers [Western PA Authenticity Controversy]
The Finding Aid External provides a history of The Horn Papers controversy and an itemized list of collection contents with links to view the digitized documents online.
Collection number: DAR.1946.01
Series I. The Horn Papers, Volumes 1-3, published 1945
Series II. Printed Ephemera
Series III. Transcriptions