Biography and History

Howard C. Rice, Jr., was born in Brattleboro, Vermont. He received the degree of Docteur de l'Université de Paris in 1933. After World War II he served as Director of the United States Information Library in Paris in the U.S. embassy. From 1948 till his retirement in 1970, Rice was an Associate Professor at Princeton University, Assistant Librarian for the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, and editorial consultant to the Papers of Thomas Jefferson editorial project at Princeton. His publications include several articles and book reviews on historical, literary, artistic, and bibliographical subjects. His book Thomas Jefferson's Paris, published by Princeton University Press, 1976, was honored as the first recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Award for Creative Scholarship in 1978. In 1954 he took a year's leave of absence from his position at the Princeton University Library, so that he could accept a job at the Collége de L'Europe Libre near Strasbourg, France to organize the library.

Alexander D. Wainwright had a long career as a librarian at Princeton University Library which he joined in 1946 in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. In 1948 he became curator of the Morris L. Parrish Collection of Victorian Novelists. In 1962 he was appointed assistant university librarian for acquisitions. He was editor of the Princeton University Library Chronicle from 1949 to 1962. After his retirement in 1982, he still continued to work part-time as treasurer of the Friends of the Princeton University Library.

Source: From the finding aid for C1183

  • Howard C. Rice Correspondence with Alexander D. Wainwright. 1950-1980 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1183

    Consists chiefly of correspondence between Howard C. Rice, Jr., and Alexander D. Wainwright, dating mainly during the time that Rice was working at the Collège de L'Europe Libre, in Strasbourg, France. Rice was an associate professor at Princeton University and Assistant Librarian for the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Wainwright was a librarian at Princeton University Library for many years, serving as currator of the Morris L. Parrish Collection of Victorian Novelists and as Assistant University Librarian for Acquisitions.