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Ellsworth, Oliver, 1745-1807.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Oliver Ellsworth Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists of correspondence, engravings, documents, and printed material related to Oliver Ellsworth, the eighteenth-century Connecticut senator and jurist.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of correspondence, engravings, documents, and printed material related to Oliver Ellsworth. Correspondents include Charles Chauncey, Blair Lee, Gen. Joseph Reed, Lemuel Roberts, and William Seymour. Two of the portrait engravings are by John Trumbull.


Arranged by accession number.

Collection Creator Biography:

Ellsworth, Oliver, 1745-1807.

Oliver Ellsworth, a delegate and a senator from Connecticut was born in Windsor, Conn., on April 29, 1745. He attended Yale College and graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1766. In his junior year at Princeton, he and others founded the Well Meaning Club, which later became the Cliosophic Society. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1771. Ellsworth was appointed Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1796.

Collection History


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 7, 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:

Oliver Ellsworth Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1