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Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Grover Cleveland Collection
Manuscripts Division
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3 boxes
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3


Consists of several holograph addresses, miscellaneous correspondence, and family photographs of American president Grover Cleveland.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of several holograph addresses of Cleveland, miscellaneous correspondence, and photographs. Over 400 original shorthand letters dictated by Cleveland to Julian B. Beaty, a Princeton student (1902-1906) working his way through college with stenography and typing, with Beaty's typed transcriptions, form a large part of the collection. Beaty grouped the transcriptions under various subject headings. Additional original letters to Beaty by both Cleveland and his wife, Frances, are included.

Among other material are an early letter (1860) by Cleveland to his sister Sue, revealing his devotion and sense of family obligation; a letter (1885) to Cleveland by George Bruski, his substitute in the Civil War, asking for Cleveland to make his life a little easier for the rest of his days; a rational plea from a Sing Sing prisoner to have his case reviewed; and over 200 photographs of mostly family scenes and residences.

Other correspondents of Cleveland and his wife include William L. Patten, Judge William Strong, and Andrew Fleming West.

Collection Creator Biography:

Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908

A former mayor of Buffalo and governor of New York, Grover Cleveland became the twenty-second (1885-1889) and twenty-fourth (1893-1897) president of the United States. He retired to Princeton, N.J., after leaving the White House.

Collection History


Photographs, posters, etc. area gift of the Cleveland Estate. Letter to Robert Murray is a gift of Louise Muuray. 25 papers of Cleveland is a gift of A. Conger Goodyear. Collection of Cleveland letters is a gift of Julian Beaty. 11 books and photographs of "Westland" are a gift of Gladys Millar.

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection mauscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Fadzilah Yahaya GS in 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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:

Grover Cleveland Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3