Contents and Arrangement

Letter concerning the proposed College of New Jersey, 1746-1747

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists chiefly of correspondence and documents of Jonathan Dickinson relating to his establishment of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). The correspondence includes Dickinson's letter (30 January 1746/7) to Theophilus Howell soliciting his help to raise funds to erect the College of New Jersey, and an unaddressed letter (presumably also to Howell, 3 March 1746/7) explaining his vision for the college and naming his selection of trustees. The documents include Dickinson's last will and testament with a certificate of probate attached, a bond to convey land, and an indenture document of William Miller to Jonathan and Mary Dickinson. Also included are two documents signed by Mary Dickinson to John Odell et al for the release of the house where Dickinson died, several pages of accounts of Dickinson with William Williamson dated 1728-1730, and a bill for merchandise to James Alexander signed by Dickinson (1763).

Collection History



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.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

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:

Letter concerning the proposed College of New Jersey; Jonathan Dickinson Collection, C1046, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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