Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Clement Stewart Autograph Album, 1864

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, November 2012

Summary Information
Title: Clement Stewart autograph album
Creator: Stewart, Clement, 1842-1921
Inclusive dates: 1864
Extent: 1 volume
This volume contains autographs and notes that Clement Stewart collected from fellow students at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in March 1864.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2005. M-4506.7.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Clement Stewart Autograph Album, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Clement Stewart was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, on November 25, 1842, the son of John Stewart and Elizabeth Green. He studied at private schools until 1862, when he entered the sophomore class at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). In the summer of 1863, Stewart served in the 38th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, Company D. He earned his bachelor's degree from the College of New Jersey in 1864, and joined his father's wire manufacturing firm, Stewart & Company, where he worked until 1892. He was assistant postmaster at Easton from 1889-1906. On June 27, 1867, he married Harriet Heist Drinkhouse, and they had four children: Marie (b. 1868), Ralph Tindall (b. 1870), Clarence Dudley (1873-1914), and Rodney Long (b. 1881). Clement Stewart died on July 4, 1921.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This volume contains autographs and notes that Clement Stewart collected from fellow students at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in March 1864. The front cover bears a gold-tooled illustration of a book of "Autographs," lying on a table beside a quill pen and inkwell; both covers have additional decorative tooling.

Stewart wrote the names of those he wished to contribute on blank pages of the volume before approaching his friends for their remarks, and many commented on the number of sheets he had assigned for them. Most wrote in letter format and gave their campus addresses with their signatures. They reminisced about college, referring to Stewart's "Moral Show"; "class politics" (related to the college); social activities; the first time they met Stewart; and aspects of Stewart's character. Some offered advice. Auxenicus Mari Piña Venezuela Hildreth Dickeson's note is a pun about the military draft ("Well, may you prosper in life & also in getting out of the draft for you might catch a cold."). The majority of these friends graduated with Stewart in 1864, though some underclassmen also contributed to the album.

Subject Terms

    • College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.)--Students.
    • Draft--United States--Humor.
    • Male college students--United States.
    • Princeton (N. J.)
    • United States--History-Civil War, 1861-1865.
    Genre Terms:
    • Autograph albums.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Clement Stewart autograph album,  March 1864 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data

    "Clement Stewart." History of Northampton County [Pennsylvania] and the Grand Valley of the Lehigh. William J. Heller, ed. Volume III. New York: The American Historical Society, 1920. 361-364.