Princeton University Library Collection of American Revolution Materials
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
Consists of an open collection of miscellaneous correspondence, statements of accounts, receipts, and other materials, spanning from the mid-1760s through the early 1780s, that relate to the U.S. Continental Congress and the American Revolutionary War era. While many materials concern the state of New Jersey, others pertain to other parts of colonial and early America. The bulk of the material comprises accounts of forage for the army's horses, provisions for the soldiers, items needed for the soldiers' uniforms such as buttons and vests, receipts for salaries paid to army generals or other army personnel, including a pay receipt for a deceased soldier who was likely African American, and reports of the Commissioners of the Loan Office. There are also extracts of minutes of the U.S. Continental Congress regarding the sale of un-appropriated land before the end of the war. These extracts are dated September 14, and October 29 and 30, 1779, and signed by George Bond for Charles Thomson, who was secretary of the Congress (1774-1789). At the end of the first document is a list of names of the delegates who voted for or against the resolution; among them are John Fell, William C. Houston, Nathaniel Scudder, and John Witherspoon, representing New Jersey. Also present are a 12-page manuscript of a poem, "The Revolt," written in 1776 by Loyalist Thomas Williamson; an affidavit about an incident which occurred during the time of the Revolution; a draft declaration dated August 1780; and a Revenue Stamp (no. RM11a) issued under the "Stamp Act" of 1765.
This collection was formerly known as the "American Revolution Collection."
This 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. Materials have been acquired through multiple purchases and gifts. These include:
Gift of Herbert H. Kimball, Princeton Class of 1924, on January 24, 1979 (AM 79-99).
Gift of Cyrus Hall McCormick, Princeton Class of 1879, in March 1947 (Continental Congress material, Various AM).
Additional gifts and purchases: AM 3 Pyne-Henry; AM 220 Pyne-Henry; AM 79-56; AM 85-61; AM 7705; AM 12868; AM 13223; AM 13744; AM 16496; AM 22077; AM 13365; AM 2017-157.
Folder inventory added by Hilde Creager '15 in 2012.
Finding aid updated by Kelly Bolding in June 2017.
No appraisal information is available.
- 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.
Consists of a pay receipt (Order 17601) of eighteen pounds and three shillings for the service of Thomas Brown, a deceased soldier in the American Revolutionary War, for his service prior to 1780, made out to Major Abner Prior as administrator of Brown's estate. Brown was likely African American and may have been the Thomas Brown who served in Prior's company in the 5th Connecticut Regiment. The document is signed by John Lawrence, Treasurer of the State of Connecticut, and William Moseley of the Committee of the State of Connecticut. Prior endorsed the back of the receipt, indicating that he received two notes in the name of "Philip Negroe" (possibly the resident of Simsbury, Connecticut, who also served in Prior's company) for the contents.Physical Description