Contents and Arrangement

John Witherspoon Woods Letters, 1835-1838

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of 32 letters written in John Witherspoon Wood's own hand to his mother and other relatives. The letters discuss Woods' life as a student at Princeton including current events, academics, and the changing face of the campus. Especially notable is a September 14, 1835 from Woods to his mother in which wrote that 60 of his fellow students nearly lynched an abolitionist.


Documents within Series 1: Student Correspondence and Writings Collection, 1769-2009 are arranged alphabetically by the name of the individual that created them.


Many of the items which comprise the Student Correspondence and Writings Collection have been cataloged individually, and are searchable through the Princeton University Library's online catalog . The information presented in the folder list of this finding aid duplicates that found in the online catalog records.

Collection History


Additional student correspondence and writings will be added to the collection as accrued by the University Archives.


Appraisal information was not recorded at time of processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Mudd Library Staff. Finding aid written by Daniel Brennan in March 2009. Description of AR.2014.070 created by Ada Rauch '17. Finding aid updated by Annalise Berdini in December 2020. Finding aid updated by Phoebe Nobles in 2022.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

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.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

John Witherspoon Woods Letters; Student Correspondence and Writings Collection, AC334, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Materials

Additional examples of student correspondence and writings in the Mudd Library that have been cataloged as individual collections include:

AC017, John and Robb Carson Letters, 1903-1908

AC018, Harrington DeGoyler Green Letters, 1906-1917

AC033, Hikoichi Orita Diary, 1872-1876

AC241, Edwin Mortimer Hopkins Papers, 1887-1894

AC323, William E. Potter Diary, 1859-1862

AC336, Harry Z. O'Brien Correspondence, 1896-1899

AC337, Horace and Thomas Meeker Papers on Admission to Princeton University

AC346, Arthur Eschenlauer Correspondence with Janet Copeland Eschenlauer, 1950-1956

AC363, Joseph Faber email correspondence, 1995-1997

AC370, Hedges Family Papers, 1797-1938 (bulk 1925-1931)

Researchers investigating student life at Princeton should also see AC026, Scrapbook Collection, 1843-1954 (bulk 1860-1920). 19 additional scrapbooks, formerly part of the Princetoniana collection, are individually cataloged in the Princeton University Library online catalog with call numbers beginning P06 (Princeton, Scrapbooks, General).

The Mudd Manuscript Library also holds undergraduate alumni files for many of the authors of these materials.

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