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Wilcox, Granville, 1836-1886
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Granville Wilcox Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists chiefly of letters sent by Granville Wilcox to members of his family in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas, while he was a student at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) as a member of the Class of 1856.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists chiefly of letters sent by Wilcox to members of his family while he was a student at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). The letters document the life of a Princeton student in the mid-nineteenth century and provide a contemporary view of the town of Princeton, New Jersey. Fifteen of the letters are addressed to Wilcox's father, Henry Wilcox (1800-1864), his mother, Sarah Pleasant Pettus (1812-1894), and his sister, Rebecca (1838-1909), who lived in Van Buren, Arkansas. In these letters, Wilcox writes about the cost of decorating his room; seeing President Franklin Pierce when he visited the College; friends, college life, classes, examinations, faculty; and about Dr. John Maclean succeeding Dr. James Carnahan as president of the College.

Also included is a letter, dated April 9, 1852, from William Edward Moore (Princeton Class of 1853) to Wilcox's father, who had asked for his views about the College of New Jersey. (One of Moore's selling points is that Princeton is a "Southern College." None of the professors, he claims, "hold free soil principles." "In answer to your inquiries I would say by all means send your son to Princeton.") In addition, there are four letters (1856-1857) by James W. Bryant (Princeton Class of 1856) to Wilcox, posted from Sumterville and Gainesville, Alabama, and several visiting cards.


The letters are arranged chronologically.

Collection Creator Biography:

Granville Wilcox (1836-1886) graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1856. He became a lawyer and later, an Arkansas legislator. In 1859, he married Julia Hubby Hamilton (1839–1905).

Collection History


Purchased on November 12, 1963 . (AM 17660)

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Finding aid updated by Faith Charlton in February 2016.

Torn items were repaired by Preservation in 2016.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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:

Granville Wilcox Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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