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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 (scamss): 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

Scope and Contents

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 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:

Wainwright Family Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-4