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Gulick (family)
Gulick Family Papers
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
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


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 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:

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