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Robert McKnight Collection


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

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McKnight, Robert, 1820-1885

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.

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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.

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The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Leaves from Commonplace Books and Miscellaneous Notes, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

AMs, "Roman Literature", 1843-1844. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Addresses or Essays, 1843-1844. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

16 ALsS to McKnight, 1841-1876. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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