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Wainwright family
Wainwright Family Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1694-1910 (mostly 1810-1890)
4 boxes, 2 Volumes, and 1.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-4


Consists of selected papers of the Wainwright family of New York State dating primarily from the nineteenth century.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of a collection of letters, autographs, and papers of the Wainwright family of New York State, dating primarily from the nineteenth century. Included are two scrapbook albums, compiled by Maria Livingston Tillotson as a memento for her nephew, John Tillotson Wainwright (1898-1930), containing (1) photographs, letters, genealogies, clippings, and memorabilia of the Wainwright, Tillotson, and Livingston families--particularly of his father, John T. Wainwright (1865-1900)--as well as (2) autographs, letters, and photographs of Civil War generals and other prominent people, such as Winfield Scott, Richard Montgomery, Edward Eggleston, Daniel Webster, and Aaron Burr.

A separate series of autographs consists of letters (1694-1880) received mainly by Thomas Lawson, surgeon-general (1836-1861), and Major C. S. Wainwright, but also by military officers, government officials, and others. Included in this group are a document (1694) appointing Anthony Lawson as sheriff of Norfolk County, Va., signed by Edmund Andros; letters by James Buchanan, John C. Calhoun, Joseph Hooker, Jefferson Davis, George Meade, and Zachary Taylor; and miscellaneous autographs.


This collection is into three series by accession or deposit number.

Collection Creator Biography:

The Wainwright family was a prominent family of New York State. John Tillotson Wainwright (1898-1930) entered the United States Foreign Service and drowned attempting to save the lives of two others while stationed in Cuba. Thomas Lawson, following his medical studies, entered the navy in 1809 as a surgeon's mate. In 1811, Lawson left the navy and joined the army, eventually rising to serve as Surgeon General (1836-1861).

Collection History


Consisting formerly of several deposits, the collection was made a gift in 1984 by John T. Wainwright (Princeton Class of 1954).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder list prepared by Lisa Yankowitz '13 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This 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:

Wainwright Family 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:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-4