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Peter R. Decker Collection


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

Decker, Peter R

Decker was born in Shawangunk, N.Y., in 1776. He learned the trade of a tailor, but eventually started several singing schools, joined the Dutch Reformed Church, and became justice of the peace in 1805. The evidence of the journal suggests he died in 1843.

The collection consists of a bound journal of Decker, containing biographical, genealogical, and historical information, accompanied by a partial transcript and additional Decker family notes. Much of the journal documents Decker's life in Ulster County, N.Y., particularly in Shawangunk.

Gift of Bruce Willsie, Princeton Class of 1986, in 2005.

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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.

Collection Inventory

Journal, 1823-1843. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Additional Autograph Copy of First Few Pages of Journal, 1830. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Epoch I and II Transcript with Autograph Notes, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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