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Thompson, Smith, 1768-1843
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Selected Papers of Smith Thompson
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 2.0 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): 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


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:

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

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Folder inventory added by Feng Zhu '2014 in 2012.

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:

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

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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