Samuel Ladd Howell Family Collection
Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]
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Samuel Ladd Howell was born into the prominent Howell family of Woodbury, Gloucester County, and Princeton, New Jersey. He entered the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1806, but had to withdraw after the second year due to a violent attack of inflammation to the eyes. He commenced the study of medicine in Philadelphia in 1812, was a resident surgeon at the Pennsylvania Hospital. On the death of Dr. John Van Cleeve in Princeton, Howell moved there in February 1827, where his duties soon became one of the most extensive n the state. In the fall of 1830, he wa appointed professor of Anatomy and Physiology at the College of New Jersey, which chair he filled till his death in 1835.
The collection consists of selected eighteenth- and nineteenth-century papers of Samuel Ladd Howell and other members of the Howell family of Woodbury, Gloucester, and Princeton, New Jersey. Included are receipts for miscellaneous purchases, and documents such as promissory notes, statements of account, conditions of sale, and land evaluations. Also included are a land survey, maps of timber lots sold, leases, and some correspondence of Samuel Ladd Howell, his father, Joshua Ladd Howell, his brother, Paschall, and his mother, Anna Howell. Thre is also an account book of the fishing business partnership of "Howell and Whitehall" at Fancy Hill Fishery, located on the Howell family property, dated 1797-1799.
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.
Correspondence of Samuel Ladd Howell with his family was a gift of John F. Joline, Princeton Class of 1907, on July 16, 1928 .
The bulk of the material was purchased on May 28, 1970 .
Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.
No appraisal information is available.
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The collection is open for research.
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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.