- Series 5: Samuel Finley Records
Series 5: Samuel Finley Records
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
Extent: 4 folders
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.
As president of the College of New Jersey, Samuel Finley is known for
increasing enrollment and for his popularity as a teacher. Finley was born
in 1715 in Armagh County, Ireland. On immigrating to America in 1734, he
immediately began to educate himself with the goal of becoming a minister
and was ordained in 1740 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. During his seventeen
years as pastor of the church of Nottingham, Maryland, he oversaw its
educational academy. Early in his career, Finley preached in a contentious
manner, very much in keeping with the spirited religious revivals of the
Great Awakening, but he later moderated his tone. He received an honorary
degree from the University of Glasgow before becoming the fifth president of
the College of New Jersey in June 1761, serving in this role until his death
in July 1766.
This series is arranged topically and contains biographical, College of New
Jersey and family-related documents, and a folder pertaining to post-mortem
issues. The material includes brief accounts of Finley's life, documents
concerning his tenure as president, a genealogy of the Finley family, and
information on Finley portraits. In addition to these secondary materials,
there are six contemporary sermons, each dated in the late eighteenth
century. Photographs of portraits of Finley also form part of this
Series 5: Samuel Finley Records; 1749-1996; 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.