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Blydenburgh, Jesse Smith, 1832-1900
Jesse Smith Blydenburgh Papers
Manuscripts Division
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7 boxes and 3.8 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-7


Consists of correspondence, both personal and business, five ledgers (1859-1880), two photographs, and a diary (1869) of Jesse Smith Blydenburgh, a nineteenth-century importer-exporter in New York City.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Blydenburgh's correspondence, both personal and business, five ledgers (1859-1880), two photographs, and a diary (1869). Letters, originals and copies, written by Blydenburgh to his brothers, Judson and Richard, during trips to South Carolina, California, Yokohama (Japan), and Hong Kong, form the bulk of the family correspondence. The business correspondence deals with Blydenburgh's New York City import-export business, much of it in the tea trade, and includes letters from associates such as the firm of Smith, Baker & Co.



Collection Creator Biography:

Blydenburgh, Jesse Smith, 1832-1900

Jesse Smith Blydenburgh operated an import-export business, much of it in the tea trade, in New York City in the latter half of the nineteenth century.

Collection History


Gift of Mrs. Vail Blydenburgh.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

The contents list was compiled by Rafael Abrahams in July 2010.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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:

Jesse Smith Blydenburgh Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-7