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Series 1: Henry Clay Cameron Papers, 1822-1944
Collection Description & Creator Information
Among several topics represented in this collection, the Cameron Family Papers provides a fair amount of documentation of Princeton University from the perspective of faculty and students during the second half of the 19th century. The collection consists primarily of the papers of Princeton University professors and alumni Henry C. Cameron and his son A. Guyot Cameron, including personal and professional correspondence; writings, such as essays, articles, manuscripts, and lectures that date from their time as students and professionals; and various documents relating to the university, such as ephemera, administrative and committee records, class materials, as well as an impressive amount of biographical information about the Princeton Class of 1886. Also included are a significant number of photographs of family and friends, and some personal papers, such as financial items, ephemera, and printed matter.
Swiss geologist, geographer, and Princeton professor Arnold Henry Guyot is also represented in the collection through maps Guyot created for his classes, correspondence, and printed articles and lectures by and about Guyot, as is Henry C. Cameron's wife, Mina Chollet Cameron, mostly through correspondence.
While most of the collection is in English, a fair number of letters, particularly those of Mina Chollet Cameron and Arnold Henry Guyot, are in French.
This series is arranged into seven subseries: "Writings," "Journals," "Correspondence," "Princetoniana," "Financial Material and Documents," "Printed Matter", and "Objects."
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No appraisal information for the initial processing of this collection is available.
In 2022, multiple Princeton University-related printed materials that had been separated from the collection were removed from the collection as it was determined that these items were duplicates of those included in university archives collections. A few university-related items that may have been unique were transferred to university archives for evaluation and disposition.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Most of the collection is open for research use.
Some original letters and writings, for which preservation copies were made, as well as Arnold Guyot's cloth maps, are restricted due to their poor condition.
- 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.
- Special Requirements for Access:
Many of the materials in the first two series, "Henry Clay Cameron Papers" and "Mina Chollet Cameron Papers" are in fragile condition and should be handled with care. These series, particularly the latter, also include a significant number of preservation photocopies that are somewhat illegible.
- Credit this material:
Series 1: Henry Clay Cameron Papers; Cameron Family Papers, C0355, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 1-28; 80