Joline Family Collection
Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]
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Joline is a French name of Huguenot origin. The first traceable branch of the family lived in Princeton, N.J., where John Joline was born. One of the most notable landlords or innkeepers of Princeton, Joline ran the Nassau Hotel from 1812 to 1836. Among his children were William Joline, who graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1824, Charles Oliver Joline, a graduate of the College of New Jersey in 1834 who served in the Mexican and the Civil Wars, and John Van Dyke Joline, who graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1827.
Adrian Hoffman Joline was the son of Charles Oliver Joline. He graduated from the College of New Jersey with his A.B. degree in 1870 and his A.M. degree in 1873. He was admitted to the bar, and in 1905 he helped form the law firm of Joline, Larkin & Rathbone. Early in his career he developed an interest in railway litigation and to trusts and mortgages. He was chairman of the board of directors and president of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company from 1906 to 1909. Adrian Hoffman Joline was also an author; his works include Meditation of an Autography Collector (1902), Diversions of a Book Lover (1903), and The Autograph Hunter (1906).
The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, and documents of members of the Joline family of Princeton, New Jersey. Included are an autograph manuscript of a speech Adrian Hoffman Joline delivered at Clio Hall at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in December 1869, and a typescript of the address delivered by Joline at the annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company on April 4, 1907, which was quoted in the New York Herald in 1912. The address is accompanied by a cover letter from Mr. George W. Watt, dated October 13, 1950, explaining the relationship between Joline and Woodrow Wilson, who was president of Princeton University at the time. Other material included are an affidavit of indebtedness of Isaac Hastings signed by John Joline and dated 1814; a receipt for $18.86 dated 1810; a receipt signed by William Joline on behalf of John Van Dyke Joline dated 1831; a letter signed by William Joline to an unidentified person asking to borrow a semi-weekly paper; and a letter from Charles Oliver Joline to Adrian Hoffman Joline telling him about family affairs and mentioning state politics and an interview with the governor of New York. Other correspondents include William Herbert Bixby, David J. Brewe, Hampton Lawrence Carson, Princeton University professor Theodore Whitefield Hunt (Princeton Class of 1865), Horace Harmon Lurton, George L. Nichols, and Henry Van Dyke.
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.
Receipt signed by William Joline: gift of Francis Bazley Lee in January 1912.
Receipt of William Joline dated 1810: gift of Charles G. Leland, Princeton Class of 1845, in March 1912.
Letters from Theodore Hunt and autograph note of William Joline: gift of H. I. Caesar in June 1942.
Essay delivered at Clio Hall: gift of John Adrian Larkin in December 1946.
Address delivered at the annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company: gift of George W. Watt on October 10, 1950.
Letter to George Nichols: gift of Robbins Milbank, Princeton Class of 1925, on November 19, 1952.
Letter from W. K. Bixby: gift of Mrs. Marshall L. Brown on February 28, 1956.
Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.
No appraisal information is available.
- Joline family
- Joline, Charles Oliver
- Joline, John Van Dyke, circa 1807-1887
- Joline, John, 1769-1839
- Joline, William
- College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.)
- Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company
- Princeton University
- Manuscripts Division
- Finding Aid Date
- 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.