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William R. Weeks Papers


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Weeks, William R.

William R. Weeks was a lawyer who planned to write a book on the early history of Princeton University. Born in 1848 in Newark, New Jersey, Weeks practiced law in New Jersey, New York, and West Virginia. While the manuscript on Princeton's history was never published, Weeks did publish several books on local history and numismatics.

The files contain research Weeks did on the earliest beginnings of the College of New Jersey, now known as Princeton University, with particular attention to the College's first endowment. This research includes typewritten copies of New Jersey Archives relating to the College, typewritten reprints of various editions of The First History of the College (published in 1752-4) and The Diary of Samuel Davies (1753-5), Records of the Presbyterian Church, and Princeton Board of Trustees meeting minutes along with papers belonging to Jonathan Belcher (governor of New Jersey), and Nathan Fitzrandolph. Also part of the files is Weeks' general correspondence with numerous university and public libraries concerning materials he requested. Although the bulk of these letters are dated 1896-1897, Weeks apparently sent subsequent correspondence since one letter is dated 1901.

The Papers were originally classified in the "Princeton Collection" in the Archives under call # P00.384.41.

The Papers were the gift of Junius S. Morgan.

Accession Number: AM 12800

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This collection was processed by Andrea Schorr in 1990. Finding aid written by Andrea Schorr in 1990.

Biography written by Jessica Marati, '08.

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Collection Inventory

New Jersey Archives relating to the College of New Jersey, 1746-1761. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

--charters, commencement announcements, post appointments

Physical Description

1 folder

Final research for the book, 1747-1758. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Compiled in 1901: board of trustees meeting notes, reprinted editions of The First History of the College and The Diary of Rev. Samuel Davies, excerpts from records of the Presbyterian church, papers belonging to Jonathan Belcher and Nathan Fitzrandolph. 14 pages were removed for photocopying.

Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence, 1894-1897. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Re: requests to university and public libraries for materials on the College.

Physical Description

1 folder

Print, Suggest