Prince Family of Flushing Papers
Description: The papers in this collection consist of bound volumes, such as, letter press books and account journals, and unbound general correspondence records and miscellaneous documents. With the exception of several items, virtually every document or volume is in handwritten manuscript form. The Prince family of Flushing, New York was noted for its work in the horticultural field, it being one of the first such families to establish a commercial nursery. After going through various vicissitudes, however, the business passed out of the family in the 1860s. At least one member of the family, namely, LeBaron Bradford Prince, great, great, great grandson of Robert Prince, who first established the business, was noted for his achievements in other fields as well, more especially in the spheres of law and politics. From 1889 to 1893, he served as Governor of the Territory of New Mexico. The Prince family papers span four generations, and the earliest dated document in the collection is dated 1791, the latest, 1918. However, the bulk of the papers is dated in the decades of the 1850s, 1860s, and 1870s. The collection contains papers referring to both personal affairs of the family, as well as those which relate to business and other professional activities.