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Clarke, Elisha Lawrie, d. 1850.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University Library Collection of Clarke Family Materials
Manuscripts Division
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6 boxes and 2.1 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-6


Consists of correspondence and documents of the Clarke family of New Jersey, particularly of Elisha L. Clarke and Joseph Olden Clarke.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence and documents of the Clarke family of New Jersey, particularly of Elisha L. Clarke and Joseph Olden Clarke. Among the documents are deeds, wills, receipts, account books, estate memoranda, inventories of goods, bonds, statements of account, articles of agreement, receipt books, maritime insurance policies (1845) on ship cargo, and a survey map (1749) of land owned by David Brearley in Maidenhead, now Lawrence Township. There are also two autograph albums, a school copy book, a day book, a ledger, two school books having to do with mathematics exercises (1715, 1810), and a diary (1689-1720; this in box 2).

Collection Creator Biography:

Clarke, Elisha Lawrie, d. 1850.

The Clarke family was a prominent family of New Jersey.

Collection History


Materials were acquired through various accessions through the early and mid-20th century.

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Fadzilah Yahaya GS in 2011.

Collection title was updated by Amy C. Vo for DACS compliancy in 2023.

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 Clarke Family Materials; 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 1-6