PATERSON, William, 1745-1806


Guide to Research Collections

Forbes Library
Northampton, MA
Papers: 1 item (March 10, 1789) in Stephen Strong collection.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1760-1806. Ca. 125 items. In part, typewritten transcripts and photocopies. Personal and family correspondence, legal and business papers, essays, and notes, relating in part to the Constitutional Convention and the New Jersey Plan. Also 2 items (August 23, 1790; February 2, 1791) in George Washington papers.


Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: 1 item (May 29, 1790) in Livingston papers.


New Jersey Historical Society
Newark, NJ
Papers: 1776-1833. 12 items and 1 volume. Correspondence and documents of and about Paterson; docket account book (1785-1788) kept as a lawyer; memorandum book of expenditures (1777-1779); and genealogical records.

Additional Papers: Correspondence in Chew family papers, 1735-1796; Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1664-1956; New Jersey Legislative minute books, 1751-1808; William Nelson papers, 1690-1875; Parker family papers, 1680-1936; Jacob Stern Thomson papers, 1765-1844; Edwin A. Ely autograph collection, ca. 1663-1810; Walter N. Eastburn collection, 1743-1956; Stevens family papers, 1663-1959; in William Paterson (grandson) papers, 1833-1897, an incomplete manuscript biography of elder Paterson; and documents signed by Paterson in Quick-Garretson family papers, 1763-1868.


New Jersey State Library
Trenton, NJ
Papers: 1790-1792. 5 boxes. Chancery Court records involving Paterson as lawyer and state attorney general.


New York Public Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1786-1804. 1 volume. Handwritten transcripts made in 1880 of correspondence (1783-1804), largely on affairs of federal judiciary, judicial opinions, articles on paper money, notes for speeches, notes on the Constitutional Convention, and notes on debates in the U.S. Senate, 1789-1790. Formerly part of the Bancroft collection.


New York State Historical Association
Special Collections
Cooperstown, NY
Papers: 1 item (April 28, 1789) in Charles Stuart papers.


Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1785. 2 items.


Princeton University
Seeley G. Mudd Library
Princeton, NJ
Papers: In Paterson family papers, 1750-1867. Includes material relating to Princeton University. Finding aid.


Rutgers University Libraries
Special Collections and University Archives
New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: 1756-1898. 611 items; 4 volumes. Correspondence (1766-1813), legal papers (1770-1790), political essays, draft of his Laws of the State of New Jersey. Includes 4 microfilm reels of originals held by William Paterson College and photocopies of originals at Princeton University. Additional papers include case files, dockets, documents relating to land claims and transactions, addresses, appointments, and other papers relating to service as governor (1790-1793), and family papers. Available on 3 microfilm reels.

Additional Papers: Correspondence in William Livingston papers, 1686-1839, on 13 microfilm reels of originals at the Massachusetts Historical Society; and in New Brunswick Bridge Company records, 1790-1875.


Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of American History
Washington, DC
Papers: 1 item (September 1, 1789) in Hull collection of letters concerning the Adams family.


William Paterson College
Sarah Byrd Askew Library
Wayne, NJ
Papers: 1689-1841. 247 items. Chiefly legal papers from Paterson’s career as a New Jersey attorney and judge and a small amount of personal business correspondence and account books. Available on 3 microfilm reels. Finding aid.