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Farrand, Samuel Ashbel, 1830-1908
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Samuel A. Farrand Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1


Consists of selected correspondence and documents by and about Samuel Ashbel Farrand, an American educator who was headmaster of the Newark Academy from 1859 to 1865 and 1875 to 1908.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of selected correspondence and documents by and about Samuel Ashbel Farrand. Included is a signed typed letter by Farrand to Ira Remsen, president of Johns Hopkins University, about his recollections of the physicist Henry A. Rowland. There are two letters and two invoices regarding securing rifles and bayonets from the New Jersey State Arsenal for use at the Newark Academy during the Civil War period. There are also nine notes and letters (1866-1870) from Samuel F. B. Morse to Farrand regarding Morse's son William who attended school under Farrand, as well as an academic record booklet for Morse's second son, Edward, covering the period from January to April 1872. There are testimonials and letters of recommmendation for Farrand from educators or friends, including Isaac Ferris, Arnold Guyot, Thomas Hastings, Samuel F. B. Morse, Charles Scribner, Peter Stryker, and the Trustees of the Boonton Iron Works. In addition, there are certifications and teaching licenses for Farrand dating from 1848 to 1853; miscellaneous minutes and receipts of the New Jersey State Teachers Association where Farrand was president; resolutions of the students of Newark Academy upon Farrand's departure (1865); and receipts (1855) for teachers' salaries at Boonton Public School in Boonton, N.J.

Collection Creator Biography:

Farrand, Samuel Ashbel, 1830-1908

Samuel Farrand was an American educator, and headmaster of the Newark Academy from 1859 to 1865 and 1875 to 1908. He was awarded an honorary Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1879.

Collection History


Letter to Ira Remsen was gift from the William Farrand papers on April 30, 1945 .

The rest of the material was a gift of Mrs. Willard Thorpe in November 1945 . AM13045, 12905.

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 May 18, 2009. Finding aid written by Elizabeth Mulvey on June 15, 2009. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager '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:

Samuel A. Farrand Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1