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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Hunt and Guild Families of New Jersey Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1755-1878 (mostly 1755-1858)
2 boxes and 0.60 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2


Consists of eighteenth and nineteenth-century correspondence, letters, and documents of the Hunt and Guild families of New Jersey.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of eighteenth and nineteenth-century correspondence, letters, and documents of the Hunt and Guild families of New Jersey. Included is correspondence of Abijah Hunt, Abraham Hunt, Anna Mary Hunt, Azariah Hunt, Charity Hunt, George Hunt, Hetty Hunt (d. 1862), Jesse Hunt, James P. Hunt, John Price Hunt, Margaret Hunt, Peter Hunt, Robert Hunt, Samuel Hunt, Theodosia Philadelphia Hunt, Timothy Hunt, and Wilson Price Hunt; Benjamin Guild (1749-1792), Eunice Guild, Rev. John Guild, and John Guild are also represented. The subjects of this correspondence vary between personal, pastoral, and business matters; some of the correspondence relates to the American Revolutionary Army and the New Jersey Militia. Included is a letter dated 23 July [1755] from Abraham Hunt to his father, Wilson Hunt, about information the army had just received regarding the defeat of Major General Edward Braddock at Fort Duquesne in the the French and Indian War. Also included is a letter from Rev. Samuel Davies, fourth president of Princeton University, to Rev. John Guild, dated 18 Oct. 1758. The documents include deeds of sale of land or of lease of property, a deed for a plot in the Easton (Pa.) Cemetery for John B. Hunt, a bank mortgage document of John Hunt to Ellen and Ralph Guild, documents of business arrangements, last will and testaments, and miscellaneous statements of accounts. There is also a printed booklet by Anne L. Hunt about her family history, with an autograph note indicating that she was 81 years old in 1878.

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.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on April 3, 2006. Finding aid written by Dina Britain on April 3, 2006.

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:

Hunt and Guild Families of New Jersey 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 1-2