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Oliver, Paul Ambrose, 1830-1912
Paul Ambrose Oliver Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.4 linear feet
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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1


Consists mainly of letters by Civil War Army officer Paul Ambrose Oliver.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists mainly of letters by Oliver but includes some letters by other correspondents. The collection contains letters by him to family members, especially to his brother Samuel, while he was an officer in the Union Army (1862-1865) during the Civil War. In addition, there is a history of the 12th Regiment of the New York National Guard, of which Oliver was a member, and the Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to him for valor during a battle (1864) at Resaca, Ga.


Letters by Oliver precede letters to him.

Collection Creator Biography:

Oliver, Paul Ambrose, 1830-1912

Paul Ambrose Oliver worked in the shipping business prior to the start of the Civil War. In 1861, Oliver joined the 12th Regiment of the New York National Guard as a second lieutenant. During the war, Oliver was present at the battles of 2nd Bull Run, Antietam, Fredricksburg, and Chancellorsville. Oliver left the army in 1865, having been brevetted to the rank of brigadier general of volunteers for his actions at Resaca, Ga. In 1892, Oliver was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his conduct at Resaca. Following the war, Oliver established and operated an explosives factory in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Collection History


Gift of Samuel Bonnell (AM 17327).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012. Revised in 2013.

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:

Paul Ambrose Oliver Collection; 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:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1