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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Grover Cleveland Collection
Princeton University Archives
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Grover Cleveland was the twenty-second (1885-1889) and twenty-fourth (1893-1897) president of the United States. After leaving the White House he retired to Princeton, N.J where he was a Trustee of Princeton University. The Grover Cleveland Papers consist of collected research materials regarding Grover Cleveland, his life in Princeton, and his relation to the University.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The Grover Cleveland Collection consists of collected research materials regarding Grover Cleveland, his life in Princeton, and his relation to the University. The papers document a variety of topics both broad in nature (his work as a Trustee) and highly specific (a Venezualan table he received as a gift). Also in the collection are letters sent to the University by early researchers inquiring about Cleveland, facsimiles of speeches, and files on other biographical topics such as Cleveland's birthplace, gravesite, and family members.

Collection History


The origin of this collection is unclear. At some point the collection became part of the Princetoniana Collection and entered the University Archives. Many of the documents, such as the inquiries, are directed to University Secretary Varnum Lansing Collins, and it is likely that he was responsible for the foundation of the collection. Other documents however, particularly those in the "clippings" and "gravesite" files appear to have been added to the collection at a later time by Archives staff.


Appraisal has been conducted in accordance with Mudd Library guidelines.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dan Brennan in 2009. Finding aid written by Dan Brennan in 2009.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The 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.

Credit this material:

Grover Cleveland Collection; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
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Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1

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Related Materials

The Manuscript Division of the Princeton University Library holds a small collection of Grover Cleveland Papers.

Additionally, the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress holds the largest collection of Grover Cleveland papers, including those which document his presidential administrations.

The New York State Library also holds a small collection of Grover Cleveland manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Originals

Several sets of documents within the collection are photostatic copies of originals, however there is generally little or no indication as to where the originals are located.

Subject Terms:
Presidents -- United States.
Princeton University. Trustees
Cleveland, Frances Folsom, 1864-1947
Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908