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Dayton, Jonathan, 1760-1824
Dayton Family Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of selected papers of several members of the Dayton family of Elizabeth, N.J., including Jonathan Dayton (Princeton Class of 1776) and his father, Elias Dayton.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the papers of the Dayton family of Elizabeth, N.J., and contains works, correspondence, and documents of Jonathan Dayton (Princeton Class of 1776), Elias Dayton, William Dayton, William B. Dayton, and Aaron Ogden Dayton (Princeton Class of 1813.) Jonathan Dayton's material includes sixteen anonymous and confidential letters to James Madison regarding the presidential elections; and several letters to Elias Dayton. Also included is a notebook of Jonathan Dayton which may have originally contained lectures numbered I-XII, of which only lectures X-XII on theology are present; and a deed for land in Morristown, NJ, signed by Dayton. There is an address by Aaron Ogden Dayton to the Princeton University Cliosophic Society, a Fourth of July oration by him, and an eleven-page biographical sketch of him. There are two letters by Elias Dayton which were written during the seige of Yorktown, Pa., in 1781.

Collection Creator Biography:

Dayton, Jonathan, 1760-1824

Jonathan Dayton was a Revolutionary soldier and New Jersey congressman and senator. His father, Elias Dayton, was a storekeeper and Revolutionary brigadier-general.

Collection History

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

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:

Dayton Family Papers; 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