Contents and Arrangement

Madison, Dolley, 1807 April 30-1846

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


This open collection consists of selected material of President James Madison (Princeton Class of 1771) assembled from various sources, including a manuscript, letters, and documents, as well as some correspondence and a document of Dolley Payne Todd Madison, and a small amount of material created by others about James Madison. In a four-page autobiographical manuscript, James Madison discusses his ancestors, his education, and some of his writings. John Boyle, Lewis Condict, Benjamin Harrison, Robert R. Livingston, David McClure, Jedidiah Morse, Richard Paterson, and Horatio Gates Spafford are among the addressees of Madison's letters, some of which appear to be first drafts. Among the documents are several Ohio land grants, a passport, ship papers for the ship Avon, a handwritten Pittsburgh deed executed by the U.S. Congress, and a document appointing John Mason as tax assessor in Vermont. Some of the documents are counter-signed by Secretary of State James Monroe. Also included is material about miniatures of Madison and his then fiancé, Catherine Floyd, done by Peale. There are also engravings of James and Dolley Madison, including one by J. C. Chapman and autographed by James Madison. Dolley Madison's correspondents include the Baroness Hyde de Neuville, C. M. Johnson, J. Mason, Aaron H. Palmer, C. M. J. Smith, and John Taylor. There is also an autograph note to Daniel Webster, as well as a signed document appointing Andrew Stevenson as her attorney in London, dated October 23, 1838.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

This 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:

Madison, Dolley, 1768-1849; Princeton University Library Collection of James and Dolley Madison Materials, C0207, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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