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Vinton, Sarah A.
Sarah Anne Vinton Papers on Leonard Alden
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists largely of correspondence between Sarah Anne Vinton and her cousin Leonard Case Alden, a Harvard graduate and lieutenant in the Civil War.

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists of letters to Sarah Anne Vinton from her cousin Leonard Alden, her uncle Frederic Vinton, and her sister Charlotte Vinton. Also included is a eulogy book on Leonard Alden compiled by Frederic Vinton, containing two albumen portraits of Leonard and Sarah, and a Harvard University medal awarded to Sarah's father, George. The collection is of special interest both for Alden's references to student life at Harvard and Mount Holyoke (where Sarah was enrolled) and for his narrative of life as a civil war soldier after he enlisted in 1863. Included in the correspondence are extensive exchanges on class readings and accounts of specific seminars and faculty.


Arranged into the following file groups: Correspondence, 1859-1889; Leonard Alden Eulogy Book, 1864; Genealogical Material, undated; Miscellaneous, 1816-1880.

Collection Creator Biography:

Vinton, Sarah A.

Sarah Anne Vinton was a cousin of Leonard Case Alden, a Harvard graduate who served as a lieutenant in the Civil War and died of illness in 1863. Her uncle Frederic Vinton was the librarian of the Chancellor Green Library at Princeton University, 1873-1890.

Collection History


Purchased from Bonham and Butterfields in 2011 (AM2011-80).


The Emily Ann Brown Daybook and Travel Papers, which was acquired in the same lot, was processed as a separate collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Regine Heberlein in 2011. Finding aid written by Regine Heberlein in 2011.

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.

Credit this material:

Sarah Anne Vinton Papers on Leonard Alden; 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