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DeWitt, William Radcliffe, 1792-1867
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
DeWitt Family Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of correspondence and documents of members of the DeWitt family, particularly William Radcliffe DeWitt, a nineteenth-century Pennsylvania clergyman.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence and documents of members of the DeWitt family, particularly William Radcliffe DeWitt. Some of the correspondence is related to the purchase of a tract of land to erect the "Upper" college of Marion College (Mo.). Correspondents include John Holmes Agnew, William Warner Bishop, Calvin Blythe, Henry Clay Cameron, Samuel Cross, Ezra Stiles Ely, and William S. Potts. The documents include receipts of payments, bills, and an idyllic poem written by John DeWitt, titled "The Star of the Lake," for the 70th birthday of his mother, Mary Elizabeth Wallace.


Arranged by accession number.

Collection Creator Biography:

DeWitt, William Radcliffe, 1792-1867

William Radcliffe DeWitt, the son of John Radcliffe DeWitt, was a clergyman and a pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Harrisburg, Pa. John DeWitt, one of the sons of the Rev. William Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Wallace, was born in Harrisburg, Pa., on Oct. 10, 1842. He attended the Harrisburg Academy, and in 1858 entered the sophomore class at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), from which he graduated in 1861. He died in 1923.

Collection History


Much of the material in the collection was given by Wallace DeWitt, Princeton Class of 1912, in 1965 and 1976.

An undated letter by William DeWitt was the gift of Henry Clay Cameron, Princeton Class of 1847, in 1918. Various AM.

Custodial History

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.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by James Flannery on February 6, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) 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:

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

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1