Rare Book Division

Rare Book Division

Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Housed in Firestone Library, the Rare Book Division of the Department of Special Collections includes printed books, pamphlets, and broadsides, published in early modern Europe as well as 18th and 19th century imprints from the Americas and Europe.

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Radio Broadcasting Collection, 1938-1959
TC060
11 boxes 23.75 linear feet

Mutual Broadcasting System
The Radio Broadcasting Collection consists of typescripts of scripts for "The Cavalcade of America" and "The Bookman" as well as promotional material for the major radio networks, such as ABC, CBS, NBC, the Mutual Broadcasting System, and the Municipal Broadcasting System (WNYC). Included is material regarding the coverage of news during the latter years of World War II and copies of clippings about the Orson Welles broadcast of "The War of the Worlds" in 1938.
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Wanted Outlaws Posters Collection, 1911-1915
WC127
1 box 1.5 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
The Wanted Outlaws Posters Collection contains 10 wanted posters for horse theft, larceny, counterfeiting, and murder from Colorado, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.
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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
The Geographical Playbills Collection consists chiefly of playbills from the United States, but Great Britain, Canada, Bermuda, France, Germany, and Japan are also represented. Although this is a collection of playbills, there are also some letters, documents, printed matter, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous material.
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Broadside Playbills, 1700-2000
TC113
17 boxes 2 items 44.8 linear feet

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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
This collection contains broadside playbills from the United States, England, and Europe.
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Performing Arts Serials Collection, 1869-1980
TC110
28 boxes 15.4 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
The Performing Arts Serials Collection consists of serial printed material concerning the performing arts, including circus, dance, film, opera, radio, speech, television, theater, and vaudeville. For the most part, publications are represented by a sample or two issues.
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Anonymous Playscripts Collection, 1890-1942
TC112
29 boxes 11.6 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists of miscellaneous anonymous playscripts, arranged alphabetically by title, that are largely undated but appear to range from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century (1942).
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Dance Subject Files, 1900-1989
TC107
31 boxes 12.4 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
The Dance Subject Files consist of dance-related subject files from early 20th century through 1980s. Among the material are clippings, photos, programs, promotional materials, and dance school brochures.
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Theater People Subject Files, 1850-1988
TC106
26 boxes 16 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists of files (clippings, programs, books, caricatures, etc.) on people involved in theater, from the mid-19th century through the late 1980s, including actors, dramatists, directors, scholars, and designers.