Series 3: Jonathan Edwards 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: 1758-1993.

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.


Jonathan Edwards succeeded his son-in- law, Aaron Burr, Sr., to become the third president of the College of New Jersey in September 1757. Edwards studied theology at Yale College, preached in the Presbyterian Church, and is remembered for his belief that only the truly converted should receive Communion, rather than all baptized persons. However, his proposal along these lines led to his dismissal from the Northampton, Massachusetts Presbyterian church in 1750, after which he passed his days serving as a missionary and writing with a passion. Edwards accepted the office of president with some reluctance but continued to preach actively from the College's pulpit. He died in March 1758 after being inoculated for smallpox, just six months into his tenure. His three sons and eight daughters survived him.

This series is arranged topically and contains folders concerning Edwards's life, his time in Princeton, his family, and his legacy. Materials include a newspaper obituary, several copies of the inscription on his tomb and a memorial to him in Latin, and information about his descendents and various Edwards artifacts such as his bust, his desk, and one of his letters. A folder entitled "Information on Portraits" contains an inventory of the Edwards portraits located in the Princeton Art Museum, information about the portraits, and several letters regarding their donation. Of particular interest among the images in this series are photographs of a portrait of Edwards's wife, Sarah Pierpont Edwards. Other images include views of his tomb and the Edwards Elm.


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Preferred Citation

Series 3: Jonathan Edwards Records; 1758-1993; 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 1769-1981 Box 1, Folder 13-14
    Family Members 1932-1969 Box 2, Folder 1
    Post Mortem 1758-1993 Box 2, Folder 2
    Hall of Fame for Great Americans at New York University, Medal undated Box 2, Folder 3
    Portrait Information 1929-1993 Box 2, Folder 4

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