- Series 6: Sylvia Beach's Circle and Collections
Series 6: Sylvia Beach's Circle and Collections
31 boxes (4 partial)
This collection is stored at Firestone Library and Firestone Library.
This collection is stored on site at Firestone Library. Ernest
Hemingway material and Box 180 are stored in special vault facilities.
Requests will be delivered to Manuscripts Division, RBSC Reading Room
Collection Creator: Beach, Sylvia..
Extent: 31 boxes (4 partial)
Access to the photographs is restricted because surrogates are available for
reference use. Researchers who feel they have a compelling reason to be granted
access to the original photographs must request permission in advance from the
Curator of Manuscripts ( http://rbsc.princeton.edu/divisions/manuscripts-division ).
Original Hemingway is restricted. Surrogates are available for use.
Sylvia Beach's Circle and Collections consists of items collected by Sylvia
Beach, documenting two overlapping collecting activities: Sylvia Beach's
incidental files on artists in her circle (not directly relating to her
publication activities, which are documented in the Shakespeare &
Company series), and her more formal literary and art collections. The
boundary between the two collection activities is fluid, and there are
several documented cases in which Beach later formalized collections that
were originally created out of personal interest or for reference or
business purposes (most notably, her collection of Joyce material, which she
largely sold to the University of Buffalo, and her collection of Whitman
manuscripts, originally keepsakes she inherited from her aunt and which she
later exhibited and offered for sale). The series further contains
information on exhibitions of Beach's collections and on the sale of
collection items to various cultural institutions.
Due to some overlap between Beach's collecting activities and the
publications and exhibitions conducted at Shakespeare & Company,
researchers are advised that the Shakespeare & Company series may
contain additional material Beach would have considered a part of her
While a number of James Joyce items are represented here, researchers may be
interested to know that Sylvia Beach sold the better part of her Joyce
collection, including manuscripts and correspondence, to the University of
Buffalo Library in 1959, where it is available for research.
Arranged alphabetically by name or topic.
Series 6: Sylvia Beach's Circle and Collections; 1874-1999; Sylvia Beach Papers, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.