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American History

Colonial and early national American historical manuscripts include papers of the Livingston (especially Edward Livingston), Delafield, Blair-Lee, Boudinot, Rush, and Stockton families; papers of selected Princeton faculty since the 18th-century, chiefly in the humanities and the sciences (e.g., Edwin G. Conklin, Lyman Spitzer, and Eugene P. Wigner); and the André De Coppet Collection, with special strength in American historical autographs, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, and Abraham Lincoln, among other historical figures.

The Manuscript Division holds the papers of Benjamin Tallmadge, one of Washington's spies during the Revolutionary War; 111 hand-drawn, hand-colored maps by topographical engineer Louis Alexandre Berthier, tracing the route of General Rochambeau's army in 1781 and 1782; papers of American abolitionist Edward Coles; and the Kurt Gödel Papers and Albert Einstein "Duplicate Archive" from the Institute for Advanced Study. In the Western Americana Collection are significant holdings on history and culture west of the Mississippi (especially materials pertaining to Mormonism and North American Indians). See also Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, home of the twentieth-century Public Policy Papers and University Archives.

The following are available electronically:

1. collection-level bibliographic records are found in RLIN/AMC and in the OPAC;
2. collection-level descriptions and indexing records for 23,250 individuals and corporate bodies in MASC (Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections) at http://www.princeton.edu/~rbsc/databases/masc.html;
3. and the "Master List of Finding Aids in Manuscript and like Collections in the Princeton University Library" at http://libweb2.princeton.edu:80/rbsc2/aids/msslist/maindex.htm.

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