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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University Library Collection of Stockton Family Materials
Manuscripts Division
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1701-1942 (mostly 1750-1820)
2 boxes and 0.8 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2


Consists of selected material of various members of the prominent Stockton family of Princeton, New Jersey, currently ranging from a 1701 deed to notes on Nassau Inn written in 1942.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of selected material of various members of the Stockton family of Princeton, New Jersey, ranging from a 1701 deed to notes on Nassau Inn written in 1942. Most prominently represented are Richard Stockton (Princeton Class of 1748, 1730-1781), Annis Boudinot Stockton (1736-1801), Richard Stockton (Princeton Class of 1779, 1764-1828), and Robert Field Stockton (1795-1866). Included are wills, deeds, correspondence between Stockton family members, letters to such persons as Benjamin Rush, Aaron Ogden, Phineas Bond, and Garret D. Wall, poems of Annis Boudinot Stockton, a deed of manumission (1829) for a slave belonging to R. F. Stockton, a letter (1917) by Theodore Roosevelt to J. Sterling Stockton, and miscellaneous legal papers. In addition, there is a note by Betsey Stockton, the educator and missionary, who, as a child, was a slave of Robert Stockton, and was given by him to his daughter upon her marriage to Reverend Ashbel Green, president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).

Collection History


The collection was assembled from multiple purchases and gifts. Copy of letter from Edward Shippen to John Stockton is a gift of Philip G. Nordell. Letters from Robert Field Stockton to P.D. Brown and from Theodore Roosevelt to J. Sterling Stockton are a gift of Mrs. P.H. Gresh. 4 Letters purchased from Joseph J. Felcone, Inc. in 2002. Additional information is noted at the file-level.

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.

Previously referred to as the "Stockton Family Additional Papers."


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Feng Zhu '2014 in 2012.

Finding aid updated by Kelly Bolding in August 2016.

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:

Princeton University Library Collection of Stockton Family Materials; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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