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Smith, Samuel Stanhope (1750-1819)
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Samuel Stanhope Smith Collection
Manuscripts Division
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of manuscripts, letters, and documents of Samuel Stanhope Smith, covering, for the most part, the years (1795-1812) he served as president of the College of New Jersey, now Princeton.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of manuscripts, letters, and documents of Smith, covering, for the most part, the years (1795-1812) he served as president of the College of New Jersey, now Princeton. Included are autograph manuscripts of several sermons; "A System of Moral Philosophy for the Students of Nassau Hall" (autograph manuscript, 169 pp. in 2 notebooks), a course he gave in ten lectures; autograph letters to Samuel Bayard, Nicholas Biddle, Aaron Burr, Jonathan Dayton, Ashbel Green, and other Princetonians, which detail his efforts to secure funds and/or scientific equipment for the College; and his certificate as an honorary member in the Society of St. Andrew. Also included is a document signed by Smith as President of the College of New Jersey, on behalf of its Trustees, giving power of attorney to Elias Boudinot and Joshua Wallace; it is dated July 7, 1800.

Collection Creator Biography:


Samuel Stanhope Smith was a Presbyterian minister, founder of Hampden-Sydney College, and the seventh president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). In his work, Smith expressed progressive views on marriage and egalitarian ideas about race and slavery.

Collection History


Gifts of A. Phillippe von Hemert and Jeremy J. Cater.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lauren Hoffman '15 in May 2012. Finding aid written by Lauren Hoffman '15 in May 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact 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:

Samuel Stanhope Smith Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1