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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
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Firestone Library (mss): 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


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 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:

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

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