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Freneau, Philip Morin, 1752-1832
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Philip Morin Freneau 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 selected papers of Philip Morin Freneau, considered the "poet of the American Revolution."

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of selected correspondence (both original and copies), receipts, and manuscripts of Freneau. Correspondents include Peter Freneau, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. Included is one manuscript sheet of a play by Freneau titled The Spy.


Arranged by accession number.

Collection Creator Biography:

Freneau, Philip Morin, 1752-1832

Philip Morin Freneau is usually referred to as the "poet of the American Revolution." Born in New York, he graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1771. Although Freneau had produced several poems before college, it was the experience of pre-Revolutionary War Princeton that turned his interest to public writing. Political concerns led Freneau, James Madison, and their friends Hugh Henry Brackenridge and William Bradford, Jr., to revive the defunct Plain Dealing Club as the American Whig Society. Charged with literary and political enthusiasm, Freneau and Brackenridge collaborated on a picaresque narrative, Father Bambo's Pilgrimage to Mecca in Arabia, which presents comic glimpses of life in eighteenth-century America. In later years, Freneau was the editor of several newspapers, the most important of which was The National Gazette, Jefferson and Madison's Republican response to Alexander Hamilton's Federalist paper, Gazette of the United States.

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 17, 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:

Philip Morin Freneau 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