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Weeks, William R.
William R. Weeks Papers
Princeton University Archives
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Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1


The Papers of William R. Weeks, Esq., consist of three folders of material researched and correspondence written for the furtherance of a book on Princeton University's early history Weeks planned to write. The title of the book was to be, "History of the First Endowment of the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University." It is highly doubtful that the book was ever written; there is no copy of it on record.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The files contain research Weeks did on the earliest beginnings of the College of New Jersey, now known as Princeton University, with particular attention to the College's first endowment. This research includes typewritten copies of New Jersey Archives relating to the College, typewritten reprints of various editions of The First History of the College (published in 1752-4) and The Diary of Samuel Davies (1753-5), Records of the Presbyterian Church, and Princeton Board of Trustees meeting minutes along with papers belonging to Jonathan Belcher (governor of New Jersey), and Nathan Fitzrandolph. Also part of the files is Weeks' general correspondence with numerous university and public libraries concerning materials he requested. Although the bulk of these letters are dated 1896-1897, Weeks apparently sent subsequent correspondence since one letter is dated 1901.

Collection Creator Biography:

Weeks, William R.

William R. Weeks was a lawyer who planned to write a book on the early history of Princeton University. Born in 1848 in Newark, New Jersey, Weeks practiced law in New Jersey, New York, and West Virginia. While the manuscript on Princeton's history was never published, Weeks did publish several books on local history and numismatics.

Collection History


The Papers were the gift of Junius S. Morgan.

Accession Number: AM 12800

Custodial History

The Papers were originally classified in the "Princeton Collection" in the Archives under call # P00.384.41.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Andrea Schorr in 1990. Finding aid written by Andrea Schorr in 1990.

Biography written by Jessica Marati, '08.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. The Trustees of Princeton University hold copyright to all materials generated by Princeton University employees in the course of their work. If copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers will not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with non-commercial use of materials from the Mudd Library. For materials where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.

Credit this material:

William R. Weeks Papers; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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