Rush, Richard, 1780-1859.
1675-1885 (mostly 1817-1849)
26.55 cubic feet, 56 boxes, 11 volumes, 1 roll with charts, 2 oversize packages, 1 package
This collection is stored at Firestone Library and Firestone Library.
This collection is stored onsite at Firestone Library. Box 15, folders 17 and 29; and box 16, folder 8 (letters by Thomas Jefferson)
are stored in special vault facilities.
Requests will be delivered to Manuscripts Division, RBSC Reading Room
Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections
One Washington Road
Princeton, New Jersey 08544 USA
The collection documents the career of Richard Rush (Princeton Class of 1797) as lawyer, statesman, and diplomat, emphasizing diplomatic negotiations between the United States and Great Britain while he was minister to Great Britain (1817-1825) and between the United States and France when he was minister to France (1847-1849), as well as his successful efforts (1836-1838) in securing the Smithsonian bequest, which was used to establish the Smithsonian Institution. The papers of Richard Rush constitute the larger part of the collection; letters of his father, Benjamin Rush, M.D. (Princeton Class of 1760), and papers of his son, Benjamin Rush (Princeton Class of 1829, constitute the other major groups of papers in this family archive.