Payne Papers Reception

Archives and Special Collections Center Hosts Opening Reception of Donald M. Payne, Sr. Papers, Collection Now Available to Public Important collection chronicles the late congressman’s influence and impact on legislative and global policy during a lifetime of public service Continue reading

Lecture series with Ambassador Susan Rice at SHU

The Donald M. Payne, Sr. Global Foundation Lecture Series and Seton Hall University's School of Diplomacy and International Relations World Leaders Forum hosted U.S. National Security Adviser Ambassador Susan E. Rice on Thursday, April 30 at Seton Hall University. Ambassador Rice described how the U.S. is responding to global crises in several regions, particularly in Africa, where Congressman Payne played a key role in advancing effective U.S. engagement.  Following are the Ambassador's remarks: Today, I'm deeply honored to celebrate the life and legacy of a man who I was blessed to work alongside and to call my friend—one of Seton Hall's finest—Congressman Donald Payne, Sr. I first met Congressman Payne working on Africa issues—when I was on the National Security Council staff during the Clinton Administration, and later when I was Assistant Secretary of State. He was Mr. Africa. He taught me so much, and he always kept me straight. He knew the issues, he asked the hard questions, and he cared so very deeply about making life better for people. Continue reading

Donald M. Payne papers now open for research

The Donald M. Payne papers, 1988-2012, Mss 0078, are now open for research at the Archives and Special Collections Center. This collection of 53 linear feet is the collected congressional papers of Donald M. Payne, Sr., who was New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District Representative to the United States Congress from 1989-2012. Congressman Payne was New Jersey’s first African American congressional representative, and served eleven consecutive terms, passing away in 2012 during his twelfth term. Continue reading