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Gulick (family)
Gulick Family Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1710-1875 (mostly 1809-1842)
2 boxes and 0.8 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2


The Gulick Family Papers consists of family bills, receipts, wills, letters, contracts, stock certificates, warrants, deeds, a genealogy, and an autograph book.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence and documents of the Gulick family of Middlesex and Somerset counties, New Jersey. The collection contains some personal family correspondence and documents, especially of William Gulick, but consists mainly of material regarding the running of stagecoach lines of those counties, including the Columbia Coach Co., Federal Coach Lines, and the New Union Line. The correspondence deals with such subjects as the care of horses, repair to coaches, stables, extra loads, and steamboat connections. The documents include bills, receipts, wills, a genealogy, bonds, deeds, mortgages, bills of sale, arrest warrants, an insurance policy, a promissory note, general statements of account, and a certificate of stock shares.

The following standard abbreviations, or their variations, are used to identify materials in this collection: ALS = autograph letter signed, TLS = typed letter signed, ACS = autograph card signed, TCS = typed card signed, ANS = autograph note signed, TNS = typed note signed, AMsS = autograph manuscript signed, and TMsS = typed manuscript signed.


Arranged alphabetically by name of person or company.

Collection Creator Biography:

The Gulick family was of German and Dutch descent, most likely having its origins in the Duchy of Gulick in Germany. The Gulicks' ancestors had settled in the Netherlands by the early 1600s. By the mid-1600s, Hendrick Gulick had established the Gulick family in America when he immigrated to New Amsterdam, present day New York. In the early 1700s, four of Hendrick's grandsons, Hendrick, Jochem, Pieter, and Johannes, settled in New Jersey.

Jochem Gulick, the oldest son of Johannes, moved his family to Middlesex County, New Jersey. William Gulick, the author of the majority of the documents in this collection, was Jochem's youngest son. William lived with his family on a farm near Kingston, N.J., until 1835 when they moved into a house in nearby Princeton.

From the 1810s to the 1840s, William ran a coach service with lines running in Middlesex and Somerset County and beyond to Philadelphia and New York City. The main lines were the Columbia Coach Co., Federal Coach Lines, and the New Union Line. The horse-drawn coaches transported various shipped goods as well as passengers.

Collection History


Gift of Mabel Bayard.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Alexandra L. Brandon in 2004. Finding aid written by Alexandra L. Brandon in 2004.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

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:

Gulick Family Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2