Contents and Arrangement

Subseries 1B: Correspondence, 1839-1903

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


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.


Arranged by correspondence.

Collection History

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

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:

Subseries 1B: Correspondence; George B. McClellan Papers, C0349, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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