Series 2: Aaron Burr, Sr. Records

portions of 2 boxes

This collection is stored at Mudd Manuscript Library.

Requests will be delivered to Princeton University Archives, MUDD Reading Room .

Collection Creator: Princeton University. Office of the President..

Dates: 1753-1999.

Extent: portions of 2 boxes

Languages: English.

Access Restrictions

Materials generated by the office of the president are closed for 40 years from the date of their creation. Some records relating to personnel or students are closed for longer periods of time.


While Jonathan Dickinson bears the distinction of serving as Princeton University's first president, Aaron Burr played a central part in organizing the College after its initial establishment and overseeing its move to Princeton in 1756. Burr was born in Fairfield, Connecticut in c. 1715/1716 and graduated at the head of his Yale College class in 1735. From there he moved to Newark, New Jersey to head both the Presbyterian church and a school in classics. Burr, along with Dickinson and five others, established the College of New Jersey in 1746. In 1748 Burr was named president of the college, though he had filled this office unofficially since Dickinson's death in 1747. During Burr's ten years of service he increased enrollment, raised much-needed funds, presided over the erection of Nassau Hall, and instructed the first classes of students to graduate from the College of New Jersey.

This series is arranged topically and consists of textual material relating to Burr, his career, family, and legacy. Burr's early life is chronicled in a biographical folder, while another folder documents his tenure as president. Genealogical information about family members such as Aaron Burr, Jr. and Esther Edwards Burr is included in this series. A folder containing information collected post mortem discusses his death and burial as well as monuments, books, statues, and celebrations in his honor. This series also contains a paper and microfilm copy of Burr's account book during his latter years as president, as well as index cards relating to this book. There are numerous images of Burr, and a few of his wife, Esther Edwards Burr.


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Preferred Citation

Series 2: Aaron Burr, Sr. Records; 1753-1999; Office of the President Records : Jonathan Dickinson to Harold W. Dodds Subgroup, Princeton University Archives, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

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    Title Date Container
    Biographical Information 1939-1999 Box 1, Folder 5
    The College of New Jersey Years 1916-1931 Box 1, Folder 6
    Account Book: Name Index Cards 1753-1760 Box 1, Folder 7-8
    Account Book: Microfilm 1753-1758 Box 1, Folder 9
    Family Members, Esther Burr 1902-1985 Box 1, Folder 10
    Family Members 1928-1984 Box 1, Folder 11
    Post Mortem 1757-1977 Box 1, Folder 12
    Account Book 1753-1759 Box 1A, Folder 1

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