Robert McKnight 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
Robert McKnight, born in Pittsburgh, was a congressman from Pennsylvania. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1839, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1842, and commenced practice in Pittsburgh. McKnight was city councilman from 1847 to 1849 and was elected as a Republican representative to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1863); later he resumed the practice of his profession.
The collection consists of correspondence to McKnight and miscellaneous manuscript material: leaves from commonplace books containing excerpts from classic and English literature, addresses delivered before literary and social clubs, and a heavily corrected autograph manuscript, signed and labeled "Roman Literature."
Arranged by form of material.
The collection was formed in part as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.
Purchased in 1946.
This collection was processed by Dina Britain on June 29, 2006. Finding aid written by Tenley Eakin on June 30, 2006. Folder inventory added by James Clark '14 in 2012.
No appraisal information is available.
- Manuscripts Division
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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.