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Joline, Adrian H. (Adrian Hoffman), 1850-1912
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Joline Family Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1814-1950 (mostly 1869-1912)
1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1


Consists of correspondence, manuscripts, and documents of members of the Joline family of Princeton, New Jersey.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, and documents of members of the Joline family of Princeton, New Jersey. Included are an autograph manuscript of a speech Adrian Hoffman Joline delivered at Clio Hall at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in December 1869, and a typescript of the address delivered by Joline at the annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company on April 4, 1907, which was quoted in the New York Herald in 1912. The address is accompanied by a cover letter from Mr. George W. Watt, dated October 13, 1950, explaining the relationship between Joline and Woodrow Wilson, who was president of Princeton University at the time. Other material included are an affidavit of indebtedness of Isaac Hastings signed by John Joline and dated 1814; a receipt for $18.86 dated 1810; a receipt signed by William Joline on behalf of John Van Dyke Joline dated 1831; a letter signed by William Joline to an unidentified person asking to borrow a semi-weekly paper; and a letter from Charles Oliver Joline to Adrian Hoffman Joline telling him about family affairs and mentioning state politics and an interview with the governor of New York. Other correspondents include William Herbert Bixby, David J. Brewe, Hampton Lawrence Carson, Princeton University professor Theodore Whitefield Hunt (Princeton Class of 1865), Horace Harmon Lurton, George L. Nichols, and Henry Van Dyke.

Collection Creator Biography:

Joline, Adrian H. (Adrian Hoffman), 1850-1912

Joline is a French name of Huguenot origin. The first traceable branch of the family lived in Princeton, N.J., where John Joline was born. One of the most notable landlords or innkeepers of Princeton, Joline ran the Nassau Hotel from 1812 to 1836. Among his children were William Joline, who graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1824, Charles Oliver Joline, a graduate of the College of New Jersey in 1834 who served in the Mexican and the Civil Wars, and John Van Dyke Joline, who graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1827.

Adrian Hoffman Joline was the son of Charles Oliver Joline. He graduated from the College of New Jersey with his A.B. degree in 1870 and his A.M. degree in 1873. He was admitted to the bar, and in 1905 he helped form the law firm of Joline, Larkin & Rathbone. Early in his career he developed an interest in railway litigation and to trusts and mortgages. He was chairman of the board of directors and president of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company from 1906 to 1909. Adrian Hoffman Joline was also an author; his works include Meditation of an Autography Collector (1902), Diversions of a Book Lover (1903), and The Autograph Hunter (1906).

Collection History


Receipt signed by William Joline: gift of Francis Bazley Lee in January 1912 .

Receipt of William Joline dated 1810: gift of Charles G. Leland, Princeton Class of 1845, in March 1912 .

Letters from Theodore Hunt and autograph note of William Joline: gift of H. I. Caesar in June 1942 .

Essay delivered at Clio Hall: gift of John Adrian Larkin in December 1946 .

Address delivered at the annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company: gift of George W. Watt on October 10, 1950 .

Letter to George Nichols: gift of Robbins Milbank, Princeton Class of 1925, on November 19, 1952 .

Letter from W. K. Bixby: gift of Mrs. Marshall L. Brown on February 28, 1956 .

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:

Joline Family Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1