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Julia Ursin Niemcewicz wrote from New York to John Kean, her brother, addressed to Nassau Hall, Princeton, NJ. She wrote updates about people and what she was doing. Julia was upset with John for presumably disturbing the gravesite of a Black man and suggested that he enroll in a phrenology lecture. Julia herself wanted to take a phrenology class, but would not have the money to attend until April.

People Included: Mrs. Riggs, Sabina Slidell, Mrs. Cooper. Dr. Adams, Dr. Washington, Lucey W. Boggs, Mr. Newell, Alexander Watts, Mrs. Townsend, Mr. Bacon, Sarah Sabina Baker

Places Included: Philadelphia, PA


Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean, later Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Fish (1815-1887)


John Kean (1814-1895)

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New York, NY


The Liberty Hall Collection consists of the correspondence, financial records, legal documents, and other manuscript material of the Livingston and Kean families, dated from 1739-1847. The bulk of the collection is related to Susan Livingston Kean Niemcewicz (1759-1833). The Livingston and Kean families frequently corresponded and held accounts with other wealthy, prominent, colonial and early American families in New Jersey, especially Elizabethtown, Philadelphia, New York City, upstate New York, England, France, and Poland. A small portion of the collection includes correspondence with early Virginia families, unrelated to the Livingston and Kean families. The collection includes second hand accounts of enslaved people who were owned by the Kean and other families, offering a glimpse into their forced work and places of residence.

Inventory Location

Bay 1, Column 2, LHC Series 3


This collection is open to the public for research use. Copyright remains with Kean University. Credit this material. Personal photographs may be made for research purposes. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Lynette Zimmerman, Executive Director at the Liberty Hall Academic Center & Exhibition Hall at

Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archive, Kean University

Julia Ursin Niemcewicz Kean to John Kean, March 26, 1834


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