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Collection Overview

Creator:
Boudinot, Elias, 1740-1821
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Boudinot Family Collection
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/ww72bb51g
Dates:
1772-1852
Size:
3 boxes and 1.5 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 3-5
Language:
English

Abstract

The collection consists of correspondence and documents of various members of the Boudinot family of New Jersey, regarding family, business, and political affairs. Most of the correspondence is related to Elias Boudinot IV (Trustee of Princeton University, 1772-1821) and his brother Elisha but many other family members are also represented.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The collection consists of correspondence and documents of various members of the Boudinot family of New Jersey, regarding family, business, and political affairs. Most of the correspondence is related to Elias Boudinot IV (Trustee of Princeton University, 1772-1821) and his brother Elisha but includes many letters by their nephew Richard Stockton (1764-1828). Represented as well are Annis Stockton; Gerard Beekman; Tench Cox; Elias Boudinot II and Elias Boudinot III; Elias E. Boudinot; Hannah Boudinot; Jane J. Boudinot; Richard Rush; John Woodhull; and Robert Stockton. Of note is a 1783 proclamation by the United States of America in Congress assembled, declaring the cessation of arms between the United States and Great Britain, signed by Elias Boudinot and Charles Thomson.

Arrangement:

This collection is not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Collection Creator Biography:

Elias Boudinot was an American lawyer and public official who represented New Jersey in the Continental Congress. Born in Philadelphia in 1740, Boudinot became a lawyer in 1760. At the onset of the American Revolution, he became a member of the Revolutionary Party although he was a conservative Whig. He served as deputy in the New Jersey provincial assembly and then as a New Jersey representative in the Continental Congress. He later served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1789 to 1795 before becoming director of the U.S. Mint from 1795 to 1805. Boudinot died in 1821.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Elias Boudinot was a founding member and president of the American Bible Society. Some papers from the original collection were retained by the Society; others were placed in the New York Historical Society.

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Fragile original materials in Box 3 and 4 are restricted. Researchers use access copies in Box 1 and 2.

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:

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

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/ww72bb51g
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184