Manuscript Group 1459, Samuel Ross Winans Papers 1855 – 1910
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New Jersey Historical Society Library
Group # 1459
Ross Winans Papers
Processed by Harriet Stryker-Rodda,
Transcribed by Stephen M. Sullivan
Professor Samuel Ross Winans (1855-1910) was
a professor of Greek at Princeton University. He was an
extensive collector of genealogical data, which is reflected in
This collection was donated to the Society
by Professor Winans at the time of his death. In the thirty
years following his demise, from 1910 through 1939, Paul G.
Burton was in possession of the papers and organized, catalogued
and indexed the collection. The collection has since been
placed in the possession of the Society by Paul G. Burton in the
name of Professor Winans.
Scope and Content Notes:
The Professor Samuel Ross Winans Papers span
the life of Samuel Winans (1855-1910) and are contained in 141
indexed envelopes and folders. Paul G. Burton authored an
extensive calendar for this collection that is still intact and
in the data file, with a duplicate for patron use. Paul G.
Burton notes that the backbone of the papers is a series of
letter books containing Professor Winans outgoing
genealogical correspondence from September 6, 1904 to July 4,
1910. These have been indexed. For the most part,
this collection concerns the Winan family, though material on the
Melyn, Woodruff, and allied families is also included. A
brief obituary of Professor Samuel Ross Winans has also been
included in the collection.
The Calendar and Description of the
Collection, by Paul G. Burton, was carefully checked against
the collection. His numbering system was not changed, but
transferred to the files and any necessary changes in that
calendar numbering because of paper conditions and envelope
fragmentation are noted in the list of storage boxes in which the
collection is now housed. Removed from the steel file in
which it was originally housed, the collection now fills 12
archival storage boxes of numbered files and the 10 letter books,
an Index of the letter books (a large ledger) and a card index
are stored in a large archival storage box.
A brief index has been included on the hard
copy of this finding aid in the library reading room, and also
with the complete calendar in the data file.