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Collection Overview

Stockton, Richard
Stockton Family Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1700-1902 (mostly 1775-1850)
4 boxes, 10 Volumes, and 1.7 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-4


Consists of various personal and business papers of members of the Stockton family of Princeton, New Jersey, particularly those of American lawyer, farmer, and politician Richard Stockton (Princeton Class of 1779).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of various personal and business papers of members of the Stockton family of Princeton, New Jersey, particularly those of Richard Stockton (Princeton Class of 1779), which were formerly preserved at Morven, the family's ancestral home. Included are many deeds, leases, and other land transactions, mostly for Princeton and counties in the central New Jersey area; wills; land and financial papers of Robert F. and Lucius Stockton; legal documents relating to the John B. Livingston vs. Thomas Gibbons case (1821); and miscellaneous correspondence. There are also ten bound volumes comprising commonplace books, notebooks, lecture notes, and other writings kept by various Stockton family members, which are on deposit.


Arranged chronologically in folders labelled deeds, wills, or documents: 1700-1775, 1776-1800, 1804-1866.

Collection Creator Biography:

Stockton, Richard

Richard Stockton (Princeton Class of 1779) was an American lawyer, farmer, and politician.

Collection History


Gift of Mrs. P.H. Gresh. Papers deposited by Mrs. Wardlaw Miles. Letter from Richard Stockton to Benjamin Rush is a gift of Alfred H. Bill.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Stockton Family Manuscripts on Deposit (Series 4) were renumbered by Kelly Bolding in January 2019.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Except for Volumes 1 and 3 of the Stockton Family Manuscripts on Deposit (Series 4), 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.

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:

Stockton 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 1-4