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McClellan, George B. (George Brinton), 1826-1885
George B. McClellan Papers
Manuscripts Division
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30 boxes and 22.5 linear feet
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-30


Consists of papers of George B. McClellan (Princeton Class of 1886), reflecting his varied career as New York congressman, mayor of New York City, Princeton professor, and author, as well as some papers of McClellan's father, General George Brinton McClellan (1826-1885).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of works, correspondence, documents, photographs, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous material of McClellan reflecting his varied career. There are also many of his letters to his mother, Ellen Marcy McClellan. Works include the autograph manuscript of The Oligarchy of Venice (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1904), as well as essays--many about Italy--poetry, speeches (1902-1921), and lecture notes and notebooks for his course on economic history (1912-1930). Documents include wills, memoranda of agreement, and diplomas of the McClellan family (1872-1935), bills to reorganize the army before the House of Representatives (1890-1900), awards to firemen, a veto of a bill to regulate and improve railroad terminals and approaches of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroads in New York City (1893-1917), and honorable discharges and appointments to the regular forces as well as to the Officers Reserve Corps of the U.S. Army (1886-1940). There are photographs and photograph albums, medals and souvenirs of McClellan's political career such as campaign rosettes, and printed material including bound copies of his Spencer Trask (1907) and Stafford Little Lectures (1909), both delivered at Princeton.

The collection also contains some papers of McClellan's father, General George Brinton McClellan (1826-1885), including speeches (1836-1878), correspondence (1861-1888), documents, and miscellaneous material. In addition, there are photographs and photograph albums of McClellan and his wife, army officers, Mathew B. Brady Civil War scenes, and Florence, Italy.


Organized into two series: Series 1: General George Brinton McClellan and Series 2: Mayor George B. McClellan

Collection Creator Biography:

McClellan, George B. (George Brinton), 1826-1885

A graduate of Princeton (Class of 1886), McClellan was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1895-1903), mayor of New York (1903-1909), and professor of economic history at Princeton (1912-1931). A renowned scholar of Venice, he authored a number of historical books about Italy.

Collection History

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Feng Zhu '2014 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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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:

George B. McClellan Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-30