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Picton, Thomas, 1775 or 1776-1861
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Thomas Picton Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of selected manuscripts of New Jersey Rev. Thomas Picton.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of three sermons and one letter by Rev. Thomas Picton. On the first page of the first and second sermons, Picton recorded dates, names, and locations of baptisms that he performed or sermons that he preached. The first sermon (11 leaves), based on Psalm 58:11, bears the date of a baptism performed on Sept. 11, 1768; the second sermon (12 leaves) is on Haggai 1:7 and has a date of a baptism performed on June 11, 1771. The third sermon (4 leaves, undated) is based on 2 Cor. 13-14. In a letter to Samuel Ladd Howell, dated Westfield, Dec. 24, 1807, Picton discusses the possibility of succeeding Prof. Andrew Hunter, Jr. (Princeton Class of 1772) as professor of mathematics at the College of New Jersey.


Folders are organized by date.

Collection Creator Biography:

Picton, Thomas, 1775 or 1776-1861

Rev. Thomas Picton was the principal of Woodbury Academy in Gloucester County, N.J. He was awarded an honorary degree from The College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), in 1811.

Collection 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 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.

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:

Thomas Picton 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