Iona College and Ryan Library are proud to be the custodians of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association (TPNHA) Collection

The collection consists of over 300 items created in the 18th and 19th centuries comprised of monographs, pamphlets, booklets, periodicals, tokens, letters, and ephemera, as well as the only surviving personal effects of Paine. There are multiple first or early edition copies of Paine's famous writings including, Common Sense, Rights of Man and Agrarian Justice.

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Select items from the TPNHA Collection are periodically exhibited on the second floor of Ryan Library. Check-in for updates.

View guides from past exhibits: 

- An Unpublished Thomas Paine Letter to Garat from 1800
2012 Conference of Thomas Paine Studies
The First Great Disinformation Campaign
Works and Possessions

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Archived items may be accessed by special arrangement Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, excluding holidays, whenever the college is open.

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Cataloging of the collection is an ongoing project. Please check back often for new titles. Browse currently cataloged items.

Future plans for the collection, include online exhibits, presentations, discussion forums, finding aides and detailed guides about the life and work of Thomas Paine.