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Aaron Columbus Burr papers

Call Number: MS 116

Scope and Contents

The Aaron Columbus Burr (circa 1808-1882) Papers, 1838-1871, consist of correspondence and business relating to an attempt by Aaron Columbus Burr and James Grant to purchase a tract of land known as Stand Creek in British Honduras. After purchasing this land they planned to sell it to the United States in the hope that it would be used for colonizing freed American blacks. When this scheme failed, the American Honduras Company was formed to cut and export mahogany.

The correspondence is concerned mainly with the attempt to establish a colony in British Honduras. Notable correspondents include Hamilton Fish, James Grant, and Anna Ella Carroll. Among the business papers are the proposal for the founding of a colony for freed American slaves, descriptions of the lands in British Honduras, and documents relating to the mahogany industry.


  • 1838-1871


Conditions Governing Access

The entire collection is available on microfilm. Patrons must use HM 54 instead of the originals.

Existence and Location of Copies

Entire collection also available on microfilm (1 reel, 35mm.) from Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, at cost. Order no. HM54.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The papers consist of correspondence and business papers of Aaron Columbus Burr, merchant of New York City and adopted son of Aaron Burr. The papers relate to an attempt by Burr and James Grant to establish a colony for freed American slaves in Honduras. There is also material relating to the American Honduras Company, a firm formed by Burr and Grant for the cutting and exporting of mahogany.
Guide to the Aaron Columbus Burr Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Nancy L. Fappiano
July 1981
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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