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Collection Overview

Pierson family
Pierson Family Documents
Manuscripts Division
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1713-1946 (mostly 1800-1880)
1 box and 0.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of documents representing at least three generations of the Pierson family of Orange, New Jersey, including Isaac Pierson (1770-1833, Princeton Class of 1789), a physician, his son William (1796-1882, Princeton Class of 1816), a physician and first mayor of Orange, and William's sons Edward (d. 1882, Princeton Class of 1854), a lawyer, and William, Jr. (1830-1900), also a physician.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of deeds, mortgages, contracts, bonds, and other documents representing at least three generations of the Pierson family of Orange, in Essex County, in New Jersey. Included is material of Isaac Pierson (Princeton Class of 1789), a physician; his son William (Princeton Class of 1816), also a physician and first mayor of Orange; William's sons Edward (Princeton Class of 1854), another lawyer; and William, Jr., a physician. A few other Piersons and other family members are also represented. Included are deeds of property and pews of the Presbyterian churches in Orange, two documents (1823) regarding Isaac Pierson's slave, Betty Jordan, and a contract of marriage (1744) between John Morison and Margaret Wilson of Dunfermline, Scotland.

Material of Edward Pierson includes receipts for tuition and other expenses from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), a copy of the "Sophomore Commencement Exercises" dated June 29, 1853, statements of accounts, and receipts for travel on the New Jersey Railroad and Transportation Company and the Morris and Essex Rail Road Company. There is also a typescript genealogy of the Pierson family compiled by Arthur N. Pierson in 1946.


Folders are arranged chronologically.

Collection Creator Biography:

The Pierson family was a prominent family of Orange, New Jersey. Isaac Pierson (Princeton Class of 1789) was a physician who practiced in Orange, N.J. He was also elected as a Whig to the Twentieth and the Twenty-First Congress. Isaac's son William (Princeton Class of 1816) was also a physician and served as the first mayor of Orange, New Jersey.

Collection History


AM 12033-12172


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 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:

Pierson Family Documents; 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