Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Autograph Letters and Documents, 1753 March 24-1935 October 26

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists primarily of letters and documents of American and French historical figures of the Revolutionary War period. The collection also contains an autograph album of 19th century American politicians and writers, as well as several English manuscripts. Included are two autograph letters (1781) by George Washington to the Marquis de Chastellux, written at the start of the Yorktown campaign; an autograph letter (1778) by Silas Deane from Paris, with documents listing his accounts charged to the United States for services and supplies purchased on its behalf; an autograph letter (1851) by Charles Dickens to an American friend recalling a previous visit to the United States; and 53 letters (1867-1871) by Burr Kellogg, an American working with an English theatrical touring company, while on a trip around the world with stops in such places as Australia, India, Italy, and Japan. Printed items consist of a Quaker broadside (1769), a copy of The Providence Gazette (1783) regarding Count de Grasse, a copy of Gazette de France (1779), and a circular letter (1875) with a photograph regarding the kidnapping of four-year-old Charles Brewster Ross.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Series 1: Autograph Letters and Documents; Alfred Goddard Kay Autograph Collection, C0035, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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