Guide to the Papers of Jonathan Freeman , 1772 - 1811Manuscript MS-454

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Guide to the Papers of Jonathan Freeman , 1772 - 1811

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-454

Collection Dates:

1772 - 1811

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft.)


Jonathan Freeman (1745-1808), Trustee and Financier of Dartmouth College. Contains correspondence, accounts, leases, legal summons and pleas. Documents Freeman's family life and relations with Dartmouth College.

Access to Collection:


Use & Access

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Access to Collection


Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The Jonathan Freeman papers contain correspondence to and from Freeman, 11 typed transcriptions of Freeman's correspondence, account entries, leases, legal summons and pleas. The papers document Freeman's family life and time as the Financier and Trustee for Dartmouth College. Additional materials address a landholding legal dispute with Ebenezer Woodward.


Jonathan Freeman (1745-1808) was a Trustee of Dartmouth College from 1793-1808 as well as Financier of Dartmouth College from 1789-1808. In 1797 Freeman was elected to U.S. Congress where he served until 1801. As an original Hanover settler and prominent landholder Freeman was responsible for the first survey of the village as well as its design with the Green at the center.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Correspondence, 1797-1811

Contains handwritten correspondence from and to Jonathan Freeman concerning family and domestic life as well as correspondence pertaining to Freeman's association with Dartmouth College as financier. Several typed transcriptions of personal correspondence accompany.

Box: 1, Dates: circa 1772-1811

Access Restrictions


Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence, Personal , 1797-1811
  • Folder: 2, Transcriptions of Personal Correspondence , Undated
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence, Professional , 1792-1804

Series 2, Accounts, 1772-1808

Contains ledger entries, correspondence and leases related to Dartmouth College finances

Box: 1, Dates: circa 1772-1811

Access Restrictions


Box Contents

  • Folder: 4, Accounts with Dartmouth College Trustees , 1792-1807
  • Folder: 5, Accounts as Financier of the College , Circa 1772-1808

Series 3, Legal Documents, 1809-1811

Contains summons and pleas concerning a suit against Ebenezer Woodward | 1809-1811

Box: 1, Dates: circa 1772-1811

Access Restrictions


Box Contents

  • Folder: 6, Legal Documents in case of Jon. Freeman v. Ebenezer Woodward , 1809-1811

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