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Collection Overview

Creator:
Brewster, Benjamin Harris, 1816-1888
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Benjamin Harris Brewster Papers
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/df65v7900
Dates:
1820-1887
Size:
25 boxes
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-25
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists mainly of correspondence and legal documents of Benjamin Harris Brewster (Princeton Class of 1834), much of it related to the Star Route prosecutions during Brewster's tenure as attorney general under President Chester Alan Arthur.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists mainly of correspondence and legal documents of Brewster (Princeton Class of 1834), such as testimonies, depositions, summonses, court papers, and miscellaneous material, much of it related to the Star Route prosecutions during Brewster's tenure as attorney general under Chester Alan Arthur. The collection also contains personal papers, correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia related to Brewster and his family. In addition, there are letters by presidents Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester Alan Arthur, and Grover Cleveland.

Arrangement

The order of materials at the time of their transfer has been retained.

Collection Creator Biography:

Brewster, Benjamin Harris, 1816-1888

A graduate of Princeton in 1834, Benjamin Harris Brewster studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1838. He was appointed attorney general of Pennsylavnia in 1867. Brewster served as U.S. attorney general from 1881 to 1885, and he was chief prosecutor in the case of the U.S. Postal Service's "Star Route frauds."

Collection History

Acquisition:

Gift of the author and Mrs. Benjamin H. Brewster.

Custodial History

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

Appraisal

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Peter Runfola '2012 in 2011. Revised by Hilde Creager '2015 in 2013.

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:

Benjamin Harris Brewster Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/df65v7900
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-25