Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790)

portions of 2 boxes

This collection is stored at Firestone Library.

Requests will be delivered to Manuscripts Division, RBSC Reading Room .

Collection Creator: De Coppet, Andre, 1892-1953..

Dates: 1740-1789.

Extent: portions of 2 boxes

Languages: English.

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A prominent figure in the founding of the United States, Benjamin Franklin was, among other things, an author & printer, politician, and diplomat. Each of these roles is represented in this series dating from 1740-1789. His correspondence includes transactions from his printing business (including a 1740 printing from his press); official documents signed as President of the Executive Council of Pennsylvania; letters concerning funding and supplies for the American government and army; and letters from his service as a diplomat in Europe negotiating the terms of the new American nation.

Preferred Citation

Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790); 1740-1789; Andre De Coppet Collection, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

    Title Date Container
    Letters 1755 May 29-1789 January 25 Explore Multiple Containers
    Documents 1740 October 20-1788 February 22 Explore Multiple Containers

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