Paine Collection on View at Iona
NEW ROCHELLE, NY, October 21, 2011 -- Iona College announced the Inaugural Exhibit of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association Collection at the recently-renovated, archivally equipped Ryan Library. The Collection comprises more than 200 items created in the 18th and 19th centuries. Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Brian Nickerson stated, "This is a stunning array of artifacts and originals works by and about Thomas Paine."
Gary Berton, Coordinator of the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies, said, "The goal of this Inaugural Exhibit is to introduce the Thomas Paine National Historical Association Collection to the Iona community. The items chosen for this exhibit reflect the scope and value of the Collection." The Collection includes monographs, pamphlets, booklets, periodicals, tokens and ephemera, and professional and personal papers of Paine, including texts, pamphlets and letters written or published by Paine himself. There are multiple first or early edition copies of Paine's famous writings including Common Sense, Rights of Man and Agrarian Justice.
While Iona remains as the current custodian of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association Collection, the school is working in close collaboration with the Thomas Paine National Historical Association and New York State to become its permanent "owners."
Further information about the artifacts on display is available at http://guides.iona.edu/painefall2011
. More information about the exhibit itself is provided at this link
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About the Collection
The Thomas Paine National Historical Association (TPNHA) Collection is one of the world's best consolidations of materials by or concerning Paine. The material in the Collection was accrued by the Thomas Paine National Historical Association over the century of its existence. The collection consists of approximately 300 items created in the mid/late 18th and 19th centuries comprising monographs, pamphlets, booklets, newspapers, newspaper clippings, ephemera, collectibles and tokens, paintings, professional and personal papers of Paine, booklets, prints, photographs and glass-plate negatives. Over one hundred of these items are texts, pamphlets or letters written or published by Paine himself. There are multiple first or early edition copies of Paine's famous works such as Common Sense, Rights of Man and Agrarian Justice.
About Iona College
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, co-educational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs.
About the Thomas Paine National Historical Association
The Thomas Paine National Historical Association, founded January 29, 1884 in New York City, is among the oldest historical associations in the United States, and the single most respected source for accurate information about Thomas Paine. Our mission, to educate the world about the life, times and works of Thomas Paine, is designed to ensure Paine's rightful place in history as the preeminent founder of the United States of America, and the key political theorist in the age of democratic revolutions around the world.
About Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine (February 9, 1737 - June 8, 1809) was an author, philosopher, revolutionary (in America, England, and France), and a "Founding Father" of the United States. His writings about equality, liberty, religion, reason, and economic opportunity helped to ignite many revolutions, most notably, the American and French revolutions, and they continue to influence the political, cultural and economic debates of our own age. While Paine was born in Thetford, England, he was truly a "man of the world," who spent his life developing, debating, and fighting for his ideals in many well-known places, notably Philadelphia, New York, London, and Paris. After spending his final years in Greenwich Village, he was buried on his farm in New Rochelle just a quarter mile from where Iona College now stands.