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Collection Overview

Creator:
Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Title:
Princeton University Library Collection of George Washington Materials
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/gf06g269q
Dates:
1750-1799
Size:
3 boxes and 1.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • This is stored in multiple locations.
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3
  • Firestone Library (scahsvm): Box 3
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of photostats of over 100 George Washington letters in the private collection of Edward Ambler Armstrong, as well as 14 original Washington letters and documents, and several supplementary items.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of photostats of over 100 Washington letters in the private collection of Edward Ambler Armstrong, as well as 14 original Washington letters and documents, and several supplementary items. Included is an original survey (1750) of land in Frederick County, Virginia, made by Washington for Isaac Pennington. While many of the letters deal with military affairs of the Revolutionary War, Washington's management of his estate, Mount Vernon, including a list of persons he and Martha enslaved (1799), and that of the government during his presidency are also prevalent topics in others. Correspondents include George Clinton, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Robert Morris, and Bushrod Washington.

Arrangement

Arranged in two chronological groups: photostats, originals.

Collection Creator Biography:

Washington, George, 1732-1799.

Bushrod Washington was George Washingto's nephew. He inherited Mount Vernon.

John Augustine Washington was the great-grandson of Washington's brother, John Augustine Washington.

Lawrence Washington was a great-great grandson of Washington's brother, John Augustine Washington.

Collection History

Acquisition:

This collection is made up of various accessions. Dinner invitations are a gift of Mrs. Douglas Rutherford. Transcript of letter to Mrs. William Alexander is a gift of Maria Miller. Photocopy of a letter to Maj. Gen. Henry Know is a gift of Carl Otto v. Kienbusch. Photocopy of letter to Gen. Huntington is a gift of John N. Kenyon. Document signed by Washington is a gift of Mrs. Phillip Marshall Brown.

Appraisal

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Alicia Corona '2013 in 2011.

Collection-level description was revised and subject headings added by Faith Charlton in 2023 per reparative description practices. Collection title updated in 2023 by Faith Charlton.

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:

Princeton University Library Collection of George Washington Materials; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/gf06g269q
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • This is stored in multiple locations.
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3
  • Firestone Library (scahsvm): Box 3