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Alexander family
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Alexander Family Collection
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 0.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-2


Consists of miscellaneous material relating to various members of the Alexander family, many of whom lived and worked in Princeton, N.J.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of miscellaneous material relating to various members of the Alexander family: family correspondence, autobiographies, biographies, genealogical records, manuscripts, poems, sermons, a map, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, a scrapbook of letters, resolutions, and other documents relating to the death of the Reverend Henry Carrington Alexander; and a photocopy of a picture of Mrs. Isaac Halsted Williamson (grandmother of James Waddel Alexander, 1839-1915).

Collection Creator Biography:

Archibald Alexander (1772–1851) was an American Presbyterian theologian and professor at the Princeton Theological Seminary. He served for twenty-seven years (1812-1840) as that institution's first principal. Joseph Addison Alexander (1809-1860) was an American biblical scholar, the third son of Archibald Alexander, brother to James Waddel Alexander was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1826, and later taught at the Princeton Theological Seminary, where he became chair of biblical and ecclesiastical history. His brother, James Waddel Alexander (1804-1859), born in Louisa County, Virginia, was a famous Presbyterian preacher. He graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1820.

Collection History


Donated by Irina A. Reed in 1974 . Additional material was transferred from C0140 in 2009-2010 .


No appraisal information is available.

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.

Credit this material:

Alexander Family Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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