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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
John Cleve Green Collection
Princeton University Archives
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Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1


John Cleve Green was a Princeton-area businessman and investor who was a notable benefactor of Princeton College primarily during the administration of President James McCosh. The John Cleve Green Collection consists of research materials compiled regarding the life of John Cleve Green and his contributions to Princeton University.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The John Cleve Green Collection consists of research materials compiled regarding the life of John Cleve Green and his contributions to Princeton University. Included are biographies, obituaries, and genealogical information on the Green family, as well as portraits of John Cleve Green and one of his relatives, George S. Green. Also in the collection are copies of Green's will and an appraisal of his estate, as well as several letters sent to Green by Princeton treasurer (and former New Jersey Governor) Charles Smith Olden regarding the financial needs of the college.

Collection History


The documents which comprised the John Cleve Green Collection were compiled by several different researchers. It is unclear when they bulk of the materials reached the University Archives, however it would appear that many of the later documents were added by historian William K. Selden while researching his 1988 book The Legend of John Cleve Green.


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:

John Cleve Green Collection; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Materials

Many of John Cleve Green's contributions to the University are discussed to some degree in the Board of Trustees Minutes and Records.

Subject Terms:
College benefactors.
Princeton University
Princeton University.
Green, John Cleve, 1800-1875