Contents and Arrangement

Subseries b. Financial and Land Records, 1766-1829

5 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The financial and land records include accounts, agreements, bills and receipts, bonds, covenants for deeds, deeds, descriptions of lots, estate records, instructions and/or orders for payment, leases, mortgages, promissory notes, quit claims, releases, and surveys, almost all of which relate to Foote's land agency business. Of interest may be the quit claims of former Continental Army soldiers which were negotiated by Foote, as well as the assessment of property and land in Delaware County, New York in 1798. This assessment resulted from an act of Congress, passed July 9, 1798, entitled, "an act to provide for the valuation 'of Lands and Dwelling-Houses and the enumeration of Slaves within the United States,'" and for which Foote served as principal assessor. The material consists of Foote's appointment and oath, instructions, and several versions and drafts of forms listing and describing "each Dwelling-house, with the Outhouses;" "Lands, Lots, Buildings and Wharves;" and "Slaves" in Delaware County as of the first day of October 1798. These were clearly not the final lists submitted since some are blank, and there are usually only a few names listed on the forms.


This material is arranged alphabetically by person dealing with Foote.

Collection History


No material was separated during 2013 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Holly Mengel in 2013. Finding aid written by Holly Mengel in 2013.

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:

Subseries b. Financial and Land Records; Ebenezer Foote Papers, C0430, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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