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Boudinot, Elias, 1740-1821
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Elias Boudinot Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1773-1950 (mostly 1777-1820)
1 box and 0.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Elias Boudinot was a lawyer and Revolutionary statesman, serving as member of the Continental Congress (president, 1782), secretary of foreign affairs (1783-84), New Jersey congressman (1789-95), and director of the U.S. Mint (1795-1805). The collection consists of miscellaneous letters and documents of Boudinot, many of which concern his land dealings.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of miscellaneous letters and documents of Boudinot, many of which concern his land dealings. Historical figures and significant New Jersey correspondents represented in the collection include Samuel Bayard, Elias Dayton, John Dickinson, Ashbel Green, William Livingston, James Madison, James Morris, Lewis Pintard, and George Simpson. Included are Boudinot's drawing and description of the Boudinot coat of arms and his letter (23 Oct. 1782) to New Jersey governor William Livingston regarding congressional discussion then in progress concerning the admission of Vermont as the 14th state in the Union.

The following standard abbreviations, or their variation, are used to identify materials in this collection: ALsS = autograph letters signed and ADS = autograph document signed.

Collection Creator Biography:

Boudinot, Elias

Elias Boudinot was an American lawyer and public official who represented New Jersey in the Continental Congress. Born in Philadelphia in 1740, Boudinot became a lawyer in 1760. At the onset of the American Revolution, he became a member of the Revolutionary Party although he was a conservative Whig. He served as deputy in the New Jersey provincial assembly and then as a New Jersey representative in the Continental Congress. He later served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1789 to 1795 before becoming director of the U.S. Mint from 1795 to 1805. Boudinot died in 1821.

Collection History


Certificate of membership in the Society of the Cincinnati is a gift of Edward G. Delafield. Signed autograph statement by Boudinot is a gift of Theodore D. Parsons. Photocopy of letter to Col. Biddle is a gift of Walter L. Pforzheimer. Letter to Charles Chauncey is a gift of Seth Pierrepont. Letter to Lewis Pintard is a gift of Mrs. Millicent Fenwick. The remainder was purchased in 1953-1990. Additions are a gift of Josephine Danforth Capps.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Karla Vecchia in 2002. Finding aid written by Karla Vecchia in 2002.

In 2022, restrictions on materials where researchers were required to use surrogates were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.

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:

Elias Boudinot Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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