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Henry Clay Stewart 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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Stewart, Henry Clay, 1863-1935

Henry Clay Stewart graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1884.

The collection consists mostly of letters (1882-1884) Henry Clay Stewart sent to his parents, who lived in Washington, D.C., while he was a student at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University.) The letters provide an inside look at the life of a Princeton student towards the end of the nineteenth century, as well as undergraduate attitudes about the town of Princeton. In the majority of his letters, Stewart asks his father for money to buy clothes, shoes, wallpaper, etc., and some letters include drawings. Inone of his early letters he describes meeting President Chester Arthur who came to enroll his son at Princeton. In other letters he writes about his classes, the curriculum and examinations, trips made to New York and Philadelphia, his friends, and his expenses and accounts. Stewart writes about the publishing of the Bric-A-Brac, the undergraduate yearbook, President McCosh, the junior class Promenade Concert at commencement, an outbreak of "Pink-eye" among students in 1883, the building of a new chemistry laboratory, singing with the Glee Club, his election as one of the officers to give an oration during the week of Class Day and commencement, and about the death of Prof. Arnold Guyot. In a letter dated March 6, 1884, Stewart mentions an editorial published in the New York Times and the Trenton Times regarding the difficulty of exams at the College.

In addition, there is a photograph album belonging to Stewart that contains thirty-three albumen cartes de visite and one tintype photograph, mostly of unidentified individuals, but including Civil War generals and some celebrities. There is a photograph of President Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, and the funeral car on which Lincoln's remains were conveyed from the "Executive Mansion" on April 19, 1865. There is a photograph of the famous wedding of Tom Thumb known as "The Fairy Wedding Group," taken by Mathew Brady and inscribed by the four members of the wedding party. Most of the photographs were taken by well-known photographers, including R. W. Addis, C. S. Miles, M. J. Powers, J. A. Sheldon, Thomas Smith, and Henry Ulke.

The material was a gift of Nell C. Preston in October 1940.

AM 12181

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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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.

Collection Inventory

Correspondence with His Father, 1882. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence with His Father, 1883 January-June. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence with His Father, 1883 July-December. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence with His Father, 1884 January-June. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Photograph Album, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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