Alexander Hamilton 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.
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Alexander Hamilton was born on the island of Nevis in the British West Indies on January 11, 1757. He immigrated to the United States in 1772, and he received educational training in the schools of Elizabethtown, N.J., and at King's College (now Columbia University). Hamilton was appointed aide-de-camp to General Washington in 1777; he was a member of the Continental Congress (1782-1783) and an influential member of the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention in 1787 which adopted the Constitution of the United States. He also put the new United States of America on a sound economic footing as its first and most influential secretary of the Treasury, establishing the First Bank of the United States, public credit and the foundations for American capitalism, and stock and commodity exchanges. Mortally wounded in a duel with Aaron Burr at Weehawken, N.J., he died in New York City the following day on July 12, 1804.
The collection consists of selected correspondence and documents of Alexander Hamilton. Correspondents include Aaron Burr, John Fitzgerald, and John Lillie. Also included is a circular signed by Hamilton regarding an act of Congress for punishment of certain enemies, dated June 17, 1794.
Arranged by accession number.
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.
Folder 8 is a gift of Bruce Willsie '86. Various AM.
Finding aid written by James Flannery on February 20, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.
No appraisal information is available.
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- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research.
- 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.