Contents and Arrangement

Letter from George L. Ruffin to Peter H. Clark, 1876 February 7

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This letter was written by George L. Ruffin, the first African-American man to graduate Harvard Law School and become a judge in the United States, to Peter H. Clark. This letter is in response to Ruffin's election as an honorary member of the Lincoln Memorial Club. Ruffin recounts Lincoln's anti-slavery sentiments and his role as a president and politician.


Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator, with unattributed materials at the end.

Collection History


Purchased from Heritage Auctions in October 2022 (AM-2024-011).


The collection is open and will continue to grow.


No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

These materials were processed and described by Megan Bardis in August 2023, incorporating some description from the dealer.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing 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.

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:

Letter from George L. Ruffin to Peter H. Clark; 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-002040