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Woodruff, George, 1765-1846
Woodruff Family Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1795-1896 (mostly 1803-1850)
3 boxes and 1.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3


Consists of selected papers of George Woodruff (Princeton Class of 1785), a lawyer, and various members of his family of Trenton, N.J.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of selected papers of Woodruff (Princeton Class of 1785) and various members of his family of Trenton, N.J. Included are correspondence with his brother, Aaron Dickinson Woodruff (Princeton Class of 1779), mayor of Trenton from 1794 to 1797, concerning the construction of George Woodruff's house, "Oaklands," near Trenton; correspondence with his wife, Jean Houstoun Woodruff, concerning the deaths of their sons Elias and George; correspondence of a surviving son Patrick Houstoun Woodruff; and papers relating to the settlement of the estate of George and Ann Houstoun (George Woodruff's in-laws) of Savannah, Ga. Also present are four photographs (1896) of "Oaklands," which later became the Trenton Country Club.

Additional material to the collection contains items of Elias, Joseph, Jr., Philemon, and Samuel Woodruff. There is a deed for a house and lot on Main Street in Princeton, N.J., of Thomas Egbert, signed by Elias and Mary Woodruff and dated Feb. 14, 1780. In addition, there are receipts related to the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and the Rev. Aaron Burr, a typewritten record of unpublished notes of Elias Woodruff from the Princeton Historical Society, and a genealogical list of the Elizabethtown and Newark line of the Woodruff family, dated 1938.


Material arranged primarily by correspondent.

Collection Creator Biography:

Woodruff, George, 1765-1846

George Woodruff, a member of the Princeton Class of 1785, was a lawyer. George Woodruff's brother, Aaron Dickinson Woodruff, served as mayor of Trenton, N. J. (1794-1797).

Collection History


Papers are a former deposit from 1948. Various Manuscripts are a gift of Prof. Thomas H. English. Box 1 and Folders 1-7 of Box 2: AM 1993-94


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder list prepared by Lisa Yankowitz 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:

Woodruff 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 1-3