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- Brewster, Benjamin Harris, 1816-1888
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Benjamin Harris Brewster Papers
- Manuscripts Division
- Permanent URL:
- 25 boxes
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-25
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
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.
The order of materials at the time of their transfer has been retained.
- Collection Creator Biography:
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."
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.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No appraisal information is available.
- Processing Information:
Folder inventory added by Peter Runfola '2012 in 2011. Revised by Jameson Creager '2015 in 2013.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
- 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 Harris Brewster Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Subject Terms:
- Attorneys-general -- United States.
Fraud investigation -- United States. -- 19th century.
Presidents -- United States -- 19th century.
Trials (fraud) -- United States -- 19th century.
- Genre Terms:
- Case files -- 19th century.
Correspondence -- 19th century.
Legal documents -- 19th century.
- United States. Department of Justice
United States. Post Office Department
- United States -- History -- 1815-1861 -- Sources.