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- Pierson, David Laurence, 1865-1938
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- David Laurence Pierson Scrapbooks
- Manuscripts Division
- Permanent URL:
- 1817-1953 (mostly 1927-1937)
- 6 boxes and 5.8 linear feet
- Storage Note:
- ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-6
Consists of twenty scrapbook volumes (1927-1937) of letters, documents, photographs, newspapers clippings, and printed matter concerning the observance of Constitution Day (Sept. 17), compiled by David Laurence Pierson, who was instrumental in getting national recognition for that day.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of 20 scrapbook volumes (1927-1937) of letters, documents, photographs, newspapers clippings, and printed matter concerning the observance of Constitution Day, compiled by Pierson. Included in the scrapbooks are many letters from various chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Some personal papers include Pierson's reminiscences and diary entries (1865-1938) on index cards; two scrapbooks (1904-1927) concerning the restoration of the Old Burying Ground in Orange, SAR meetings, and the fire of 1927 in Orange; and miscellaneous family documents, memorabilia, and a printed copy of a prospectus for his History of the Oranges to 1921. Also present is a group of manuscript sermons (1859-1895) by Henry F. Hickok, pastor of the Brick Presbyterian Church in East Orange, N.J.
The scrapbooks are arranged chronologically.
- Collection Creator Biography:
David Laurence Pierson was the originator of Constitution Day (Sept. 17), which was inaugurated in 1917. He also helped obtain national recognition for Flag Day (June 1). Pierson was also president of the Orange, N. J., chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and historian general (1910-1918) of the National Society of the SAR.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No appraisal information is available.
- Processing Information:
Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
- Conditions for Reproduction and 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:
David Laurence Pierson Scrapbooks; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Subject Terms:
- Clergy -- New Jersey -- 19th century.
Holidays -- United States.
- Genre Terms:
Historians -- New Jersey -- Orange.
- Sons of the American Revolution
- Orange (N.J.) -- History.
United States -- Constitution.