New York (State). Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, 1873

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists of the papers of the Delafield family and related families, most prominently the Livingstons, containing both personal papers and papers collected for their genealogical and historical significance. Central to the collection are the papers of John Ross Delafield (1875-1964), his grandfather, Joseph Delafield (1790-1875), and his father, Maturin Livingston Delafield (1836-1917). Also represented are John Delafield (1748-1824), Violetta White Delafield (1875-1949), Prosper Wetmore (1798-1876), Henry Delafield (1792-1875), Henry (1788-1856) and Susan Delafield Parish (1805-1861), and James Ross (1762-1847), among others. The Hudson River Valley region, including the Delafield estate in Annandale-on-Hudson, Montgomery Place, forms a natural background to much of the period covered by these personal papers.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were separated during 2016 processing.


The Delafield Family Papers (formerly comprising the Foundation Collection and the Mansion Corporation Collection housed at Montgomery Place, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y) were the gift of Mr. J. Dennis Delafield and Professor Penelope D. Johnson in 1986. Processing of this collection was sponsored by the Delafield Fund.

Processing Information:

This processing of this collection was completed by Judith Golden in 1992, after initial work by Stacy Flora Roth in the late 1980s. Finding aid written by Judith Golden in 1992.

Folder inventory was completed by Kristine Gift (GS) in 2016.

Some reprocessing was completed by Faith Charlton in 2016-2017. Finding aid updated by Faith Charlton in 2016-2017.

Additional description indicating Violetta Susan Elizabeth White Delafield's contributions to the fields of mycology and horticulture were added by Kelly Bolding in 2020.

The collection, particularly materials from Series 7, 9 and 11, was treated for mold during 2016 processing.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use. Researchers may be required to use surrogates of collection items stored in special vault facilities, including George Washington letters in box 123, folder 21; Thomas Jefferson letters in box 144, folder 7; Abraham Lincoln letters in box 144, folder 26; and box 163 (Lincoln poster). Boxes 28-29 (glass plate negatives) are also restricted.

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:

New York (State). Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; Delafield Family Papers, C0391, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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