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Thompson, Smith, 1768-1843
Selected Papers of Smith Thompson
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 2.0 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2


Consists of documents and correspondence of Smith Thompson (Princeton Class of 1788) covering, for the most part, the years (1823-1843) when he served on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of documents and correspondence of Thompson (Princeton Class of 1788) covering, for the most part, the years when he served on the Supreme Court. Included in the collection are letters involving court matters as well as correspondence between Thompson and his second wife, the former Eliza Livingston, his daughter, Mary Louis Clark, and other family members. Among the documents are Thompson's will (1843) and papers dealing with financial matters, such as checks, promissory notes, and orders of payment.

Collection Creator Biography:

Thompson, Smith, 1768-1843

A graduate of Princeton (Class of 1788), Smith Thompson was an American jurist who served as secretary of the Navy (1819-1823) and associate justice of the Supreme Court (1823-1843).

Collection History


AM 17521


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Feng Zhu '2014 in 2012.

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.

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:

Selected Papers of Smith Thompson; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2