Contents and Arrangement

George Russell Letter to Amelia Russell on Patrick Reason Stationary, 1835-1836 May 9

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of a letter, dated May 9, 1836, from George Russell, a Boston merchant visiting New York, to Amelia Russell, his stepmother, and other family members in Kingston, Massachusetts. The letter primarily includes short notes to more than a dozen friends and family members. It is written on stationary with a 1835 engraving by Patrick H. Reason (1816-1898), an early Black engraver. The engraving that appears on the letterhead was used frequently by the American Anti-Slavery Society and often appears elsewhere with the caption "Am I Not a Woman and a Sister."


Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator or by the date of acquisition.

Collection History


Purchased from Swann Auction Galleries in 2022 (AM 2022-130).


No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

Item processed and described by Kelly Bolding in June 2022, incorporating some description provided by the dealer.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

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:

George Russell Letter to Amelia Russell on Patrick Reason Stationary; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (mss): Box B-001878

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Existence and Location of Copies

Parts of this collection are available on microfilm, cataloged separately as RCPXM-7497696.

Subject Terms:
African American artists -- 19th century
Genre Terms:
Correspondence -- 19th century
Engravings (prints) -- 19th century