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Hunter, Andrew, 1751 or 1752-1823
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Andrew Hunter Family Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of selected correspondence and documents of both Andrew Hunter, an early nineteenth-century Princeton professor of mathematics and astronomy, and his clergyman uncle of the same name.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of selected correspondence and documents of both Andrew Hunter and his uncle, Rev. Andrew Hunter. The correspondence includes a letter from Rev. Andrew Hunter to Enoch Green, a letter from Andrew Hunter to his brother David about the deaths of their sister and their niece, a communication to Elijah Clark, and four letters to his son, Richard S. Hunter, one about the movement of troops in Washington during the War of 1812, and one about the subsequent burning of the Capitol and the president's house. The documents include an account of the estate sale of the Rev. Andrew Hunter and several deeds of sale (1770s) of properties in Princeton, N.J., to Andrew Hunter.

Collection Creator Biography:

Hunter, Andrew, 1751 or 1752-1823

Andrew Hunter was born in York County, Pennsylvania., but was adopted by his uncle, the Rev. Andrew Hunter, a New Jersey pastor. In 1770 Andrew Hunter entered the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) as a junior, and he graduated in 1772. He studied theology under his uncle, served in the army, had a distinguished record, and received the personal thanks of George Washington for his conduct in the Battle of Monmouth in the Revolutionary War. In 1788 he was elected trustee of the College of New Jersey, and in 1804 he became professor of mathematics and astronomy there.

Collection History


The deeds and the letter to Richard S. Hunter were gifts of Miss Sarah Hunter in 1925 and 1955 .

The communication to Elijah Clark was a gift of George A. Starr on Nov. 17, 1964 .

The letter to David Hunter was purchased in March 1942 .

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

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '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:

Andrew Hunter Family 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 (scamss): Box 1