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Smith, J. G. (James Gerald), 1897-1946
James G. Smith Papers on New Jersey Industry
Manuscripts Division
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11 boxes
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ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-11


Consists of papers of James G. Smith (Princeton Class of 1920), professor of economics at Princeton, related to New Jersey industrial history.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of writings, correspondence, notecards, filmstrips, and printed matter of Smith (Princeton Class of 1920), professor of economics at Princeton. The collection contains his two unpublished typed manuscripts, "Origins of Industries in New Jersey" and "History of New Jersey Manufacturing," with research material on such New Jersey industries as glass, textile, pottery and clay products, copper, iron and steel works, leather and shoes, shipbuilding, chemical, rubber, and telecommunications, covering approximately the period from 1750 through 1850. There are photographs and photostats of pictures of maps, early houses, mills, furniture, and machinery.


Arranged in the following order: Box 1: "History of New Jersey Manufacturing," "Origins of Industries in New Jersey"; Box 2: "Origins of Industries in New Jersey," Subject Files, before 1750, 1750-1800; Box 3: Subject Files, 1750-1800, 1800-1850; Box 4: Subject Files, 1800-1850, Miscellaneous; Box 5: Subject Files, Miscellaneous, Film; Boxes 6-8: Index Cards, reference notes & bibliographic notes on various industries and subjects; Boxes 9-11: occupations (names, place, description).

Collection Creator Biography:

Smith, J. G. (James Gerald), 1897-1946

A member of the Princeton Class of 1920, James G. Smith went on to become an economist and Princeton University professor.

Collection History


The papers were received by M. Halsey Thomas, University Archivist, from the History Dept. In 1974 they were transferred to A. Clark at Firestone Library.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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:

James G. Smith Papers on New Jersey Industry; 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:
ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-11