Manuscripts Division

Manuscripts Division

Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Housed in Firestone Library, the Manuscripts Division of the Department of Special Collections includes material documenting 5000 years of recorded history and all parts of the world, with strengths in Western Europe, the Near East, the United States, and Latin America.

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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists of letters written by Alexander Marshall Thompson while he was attending the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) from 1889 to 1893, giving a view of a student's social, athletic and academic life, while providing valuable information regarding the history of the College.
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Pace, Antonio, 1914-2004
Consists primarily of incoming correspondence to Antonio Pace (1914-2004), a professor of Romance Languages at Syracuse University and the University of Washington, from Princeton faculty, particularly those in the fields of language and cultural studies, as well as from former Princeton classmates (*43). Other notable scholars are also represented. Some correspondents include: Gilbert Chinard (1881-1972), Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908-2009), Julian P. Boyd (1903-1980), Kenneth McKenzie (1870-1949), Theodore Fred Kuper (1886-1981), and Giuliano Bonfante (1904-2005).
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Arnold Guyot Collection, 1829-1928
C1095
2 boxes 1.93 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists of selected correspondence, documents, and related material by and about Arnold Guyot, the Swiss-born American geologist, geographer, and educator whose extensive meteorological observations led to the founding of the U.S. Weather Bureau.
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Arthur M. Greene Collection, 1902-1953
C0434
4 boxes 2.7 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists of works, correspondence, and memorabilia of Princeton School of Engineering dean Arthur M. Greene, as well as papers of others about him.
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A. Walton Litz Papers, 1969-1993
C0955
5 boxes 4.4 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
A. Walton Litz was a member of the Princeton Class of 1951, and later became the Holmes Professor of English Literature at Princeton, where he taught from 1956-1993 (?). Consists of Litz's English literature course materials and preliminary chapters for the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, Volume 7 (2000), edited by Litz, Louis Menand, and Lawrence Rainey.
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Benedict Jaeger Collection, 1825-1886
C0466
4 boxes 1.6 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists of works, correspondence, and printed matter of Benedict Jaeger, professor of natural history and modern languages at Princeton (1832-1843), as well as some papers of others.
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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists mainly of correspondence and legal documents of Benjamin Harris Brewster (Princeton Class of 1834), much of it related to the Star Route prosecutions during Brewster's tenure as attorney general under President Chester Alan Arthur.
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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists of a chronological series of 101 mathematical notebooks (1958-1997) of Princeton mathematician Bernard M. Dwork.
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Bliss Perry Collection, 1899-1938
C1160
1 box 0.2 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists of selected manuscripts and correspondence of Bliss Perry, an American scholar and editor especially noted for his work in American literature.
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Boudinot Family Collection, 1772-1852
C0725
3 boxes 1.5 linear feet

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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
The collection consists of correspondence and documents of various members of the Boudinot family of New Jersey, regarding family, business, and political affairs. Most of the correspondence is related to Elias Boudinot IV (Trustee of Princeton University, 1772-1821) and his brother Elisha but many other family members are also represented.
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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
The Cameron Family Papers consist primarily of the correspondence and writings of former Princeton University professors Henry Clay Cameron (1827-1906) and his son, A. Guyot Cameron (1864-1947), with some correspondence relating to Henry C. Cameron's wife, Wilhelmina "Mina" Louise Cécile Chollet (1832-1908). There is also a significant amount of Cameron family photographs as well as some documents, printed matter, and ephemera relating to Princeton University. Famed Swiss-American geologist, geographer, and Princeton professor Arnold Henry Guyot (1807-1884), a relative of the Cameron family through marriage, is also represented in the collection through classroom maps, correspondence, a journal, and printed articles and lectures by and about Guyot. Most of the materials in the collection are professional in nature.
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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists primarily of Carlos Baker's working papers and biographical files used in preparation of his biography Ernest Hemingway: A Life Story (1969). This was the fourth book on Hemingway written or edited by Baker (1909-1987), a Princeton professor and author. Also present are manuscripts for a novel and book of poetry by Baker, unrelated to his work on Hemingway.
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C. A. Young Collection, 1873-1897
C0345
4 boxes 1.3 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists, for the most part, of letters written to nineteenth-century Princeton astronomer C. A. Young by other astronomers and scientific instrument makers.
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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Charles F. W. McClure (Princeton Class of 1888) was a professor in the Princeton University Department of Biology. His papers consist of letters from numerous biologists and anatomists. Also included are some of McClure's writings, research and teaching files, diaries, and photographs.
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Charles Gillispie Wartime Letters, 1945
C1538
1 box 0.2 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists of thirteen letters from Charles Gillispie (1918-2015) home to his parents, Raymond Livingston Gillispie and Virginia Coulston, while he was stationed with the United States Army in France, Germany, and Austria during the final months of World War II in Europe. His letters, which span from March 9th to August 25th, 1945, are addressed from France, Germany, Austria, Bavaria, and Camp Shelby in Mississippi, and describe the conditions for American soldiers and prisoners of war in Europe, the state of the people and infrastructure in the German and French countryside, and other topics.
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Charles Godfrey Leland Collection, 1841-1902
C0204
2 boxes 10 items 0.4 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
The Charles Godfrey Leland Collection consists of writings, correspondence, and miscellanea of the American editor, humorist, essayist, and folklorist Charles Godfrey Leland (1824-1903).
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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Charles Greene Rockwood was a professor of mathematics from 1877 to 1905 at Princeton Unviersity, and had many interests in seismology and general scientific study. Consists of scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, letters, notes, and printed matter compiled by Charles Greene Rockwood, relating to earthquakes, tidal waves, volcanos, and unusual astronomical occurrences.
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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists of works, correspondence, documents, photographs, memorabilia, family papers, scrapbooks, and an autograph book (1880) of Charles Grosvenor Osgood, reflecting his role as one of Woodrow Wilson's original preceptors (1905) and the importance of the preceptorial system at Princeton. The collection contains typed manuscripts of Osgood's lectures on Milton, Spenser, and Samuel Johnson, addresses and note cards, and professional correspondence.
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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The American Revolution (1923), Charles H. McIlwaine (Princeton Class of 1894) was a professor of history and government at both Princeton (1905-1910) and Harvard University (1926-1946). His papers include notes, lectures, and other miscellaneous personal papers.
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Charles Rufus Morey Papers, 1900-1954 (mostly 1924-1945)
C0511
15 boxes 2 items 14.4 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
American art historian Charles Rufus Morey (1877-1955) served as professor in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University from 1918-1945 and as chairman from 1924-1945. The collection includes Morey's drafts for catalogues, mainly at the Museo Sacro and Museo Cristiano; photographs; professional papers, lecture and course notes; and drafts, extracts and contents of vertical files.
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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Christian Gauss was one of Woodrow Wilson's original preceptors, the first Class of 1900 Professor of Modern Languages, and the third Dean of the College. The Christian Gauss papers include personal and professional writings, correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, and assorted ephemera and printed matter, as well as numerous documents related to the Gauss family.
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David N. Rowe Correspondence, 1944-1948
C1259
1 box 0.2 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists of correspondence between David Nelson Rowe, a professor in Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs, and five of his Princeton University students who had joined the U.S. Army, Navy, or the Marines, during World War II.
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Edmund Keeley Papers, 1910-2013 (mostly 1960-2011)
C0763
278 boxes 12 items 134.8 linear feet

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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Edmund Keeley (1928-) is an author, translator, and Charles Barnwell Straut Professor Emeritus of English at Princeton University, best known for his translations and writings on Greek poets C. P. Cavafy, George Seferis, Odysseus Elytēs and Giannēs Ritsos. The papers consist of Keeley's drafts and proofs of translations, fiction, and nonfiction, including novels, articles, essays, introductions, reviews, and other writings, as well as for works he edited, along with personal and professional correspondence, faculty material, files of the P.E.N. American Center and other institutions with which he was involved, awards and speeches, biographical materials, family papers, scrapbook and other printed materials, manuscripts of others, and photographs.
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Edward Kendall Papers, 1935-1970
C0669
17 boxes 13.5 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Visiting Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Princeton and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Edward Kendall conducted biochemical research and is best known for his work on the hormones of the cortex of the adrenal glands. His collection includes typescripts of scientific articles, laboratory notebooks and notes, correspondence regarding patients, and a great deal of printed material.
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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists of the papers of Hungarian-born, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Eugene Wigner, and includes correspondence, subject files, writings, and offprints reflecting his long career in physics.
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Everett S. Wallis Papers, 1935-1964
C0464
12 boxes 12.5 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
This collection consists of correspondence, reports, articles, lectures, notes, and printed matter of American chemist, Everett Stanley Wallis, dating primarily from his tenure as Princeton professor of chemistry (1930-1965) and chairman of its biochemical sciences program, and as a research consultant for Merck Co. of New Jersey and for other pharmaceutical companies.
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Ford Family Papers, 1881-1924
C0656
1 box 0.4 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists of papers of Princeton politics professor Henry Jones Ford and genealogical material relating to the Ford family.
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Frank Jewett Mather Papers, 1906-1948
C0025
3 boxes 28 items

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists primarily of correspondence of the American educator, art critic, and museum director Frank Jewett Mather (1868-1953).
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George B. McClellan Papers, 1861-1940
C0349
30 boxes 22.5 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists of papers of George B. McClellan (Princeton Class of 1886), reflecting his varied career as New York congressman, mayor of New York City, Princeton professor, and author, as well as some papers of McClellan's father, General George Brinton McClellan (1826-1885).
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George F. Thomas Papers, 1930-1977
C0684
13 boxes 4.6 linear feet

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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists of selected papers of George F. Thomas, professor of religious thought (1940-1968) at Princeton.
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George Macloskie Papers, 1857-1906
C0498
7 boxes 7.5 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
George Macloskie was a Princeton professor of biology (1875-1906) and an ordained Presbyterian minister and lawyer. His collection consists of notebooks related to his class lectures and papers, scrapbooks, printed material, and a commonplace book (1906).
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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Shakespearean scholar Gerald Eades Bentley was a professor of English at Princeton University (1945-1970) and assistant librarian for Special Collections (1971-1973). His papers consists of notes, typescripts, and galleys for three published works, The Jacobean and Caroline Stage (1941-1968), The Profession of Dramatist in Shakespeare's Time, 1590-1642 (1971), and The Profession of Player in Shakespeare's Time, 1590-1642 (1984), as well as various speeches, articles, and correspondence about his works.
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Godfrey Winham Writings on Music, 1958-1975
C0375
14 boxes 6.7 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists of Princeton music professor Godfrey Winham's unpublished writings on music, which have been edited, collated, and indexed by Roger Maren.
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Granville Wilcox Correspondence, 1852-1857
C1261
1 box 0.2 linear feet

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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists chiefly of letters sent by Granville Wilcox to members of his family in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas, while he was a student at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) as a member of the Class of 1856.
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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
The Green Family Collection consists of correspondence, documents, and printed matter of the Green family of Trenton and Mercer County, New Jersey, including Henry Woodhull Green (Princeton Class of 1820), his parents, Elizabeth and Caleb Green, his brother, John Cleve Green, and his son, Charles Ewing Green.
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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists of several holograph addresses, miscellaneous correspondence, and family photographs of American president Grover Cleveland.
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Henry Clay Stewart Collection, 1882-1884
C1258
1 box 0.4 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists mostly of letters (1882-1884) Henry Clay Stewart sent to his parents while he was a student at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), providing an inside look at the life of a Princeton student towards the end of the nineteenth century.
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Henry De Wolf Smyth Papers, 1898-1988
C1343
1 box 0.2 linear feet

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists of selected material by and about Henry De Wolf Smyth, the American physicist and diplomat who figured prominently in the development of atomic energy, the Manhattan Project, and the production of the atomic bomb.
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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Consists of personal papers of American astronomer Henry Norris Russell (Princeton Class of 1897), including notes kept by Russell as a student at Princeton (1894-1898), lecture notes when a professor at Princeton, and working notes on scientific and military problems.
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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
The Henry Van Dyke Family Papers consists of papers of three generations of the prominent Van Dyke family of New York and Princeton, beginning with Henry Jackson Van Dyke (1822-1891) and his wife, Henrietta [Ashmead] Van Dyke (1820-1893), followed by their children, Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933) and Paul Van Dyke (1859-1933), and ending with Henry van Dyke's son Tertius Van Dyke (1886-1958).
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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
The H. H. Hess Papers consists of professional papers, correspondence, and related materials of the American geologist and educator Harry Hammond Hess (1906-1969).