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Tallmadge, Benjamin, 1754-1835
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Benjamin Tallmadge Collection
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 1.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-2


Consists mostly of selected papers of American Revolutionary intelligence officer Benjamin Tallmadge relating to his Revolutionary War experience.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists mostly of Tallmadge's papers relating to the Revolutionary War, including correspondence with George Washington during his involvement in the secret service, a photostat of his code used then, letters to David Humphreys, Timothy Pickering, and William B. Sprague, and letters and newspaper extracts dealing with the Major Andre affair. Also present are family letters, a deed signed by William Floyd (a signer of the Declaration of Independence), documents signed by Alexander Hamilton, Tallmadge's will, a diary of his journey to Marietta in 1795, photographs of family portraits, and miscellaneous material.

Collection Creator Biography:

A graduate of Yale College in 1773, Benjamin Tallmadge was a classmate of American Revolutionary War patriot Nathan Hale. Tallmadge was a major in the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons, and he eventually became the chief intelligence officer for George Washington. After the war, he settled in Litchfield, Connecticut, and served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1801 till 1817.

Collection History


This collection donated by Mrs. H. Blakiston Wilkins in 1969 in memory of her friend Mrs. Woodrow Wilson (AM17840).

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Folder Inventory added by Jameson Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use. Researchers may be required to use surrogates of collection items stored in special vault facilities.

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:

Benjamin Tallmadge Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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