Contents and Arrangement

Series 2: Correspondence to Richard R. Wright, 1931-1935

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Series 2 contains correspondence sent to Richard R. Wright between 1931 and 1934, his undergraduate years at Princeton. Richard was the son of Harry H. Wright. Most correspondence comes from his family's home in Allentown, New Jersey, as well as from Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA. His correspondents include his mother Mary (Mae), his father H.H. Wright, his sisters Elizabeth and Mary, his uncle W.L. Wright, Jr., and a woman named Jeanne. Occasionally included are letters Mae received from her brother Fred in Harrisburg, PA, letters Mae and Harry received from Elizabeth once she was studying at Wilson College. Two of the letters are written by Richard Wright from Princeton, to each of his parents, and postmarked May 1935.

The correspondence reflects mainly domestic and farm life and family news, in particular news of illness, as well as marriages, funerals, and farm duties. Occasionally the letters comment on Richard's studies and exams, as well as ways to cover the costs he encountered at Princeton. Mae Wright, who arranged to have Richard's laundry done regularly, was his most reliable correspondent. Elizabeth began attending Wilson College in 1933, which was a women's college at the time, and her letters reflect undergraduate life there.

Folder 7 includes two pamphlets: Campus Songs, printed in 1934, and the Style Book of the Daily Princetonian, printed in 1933.


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Collection History


Separated materials: 4 notebooks containing lecture notes were transferred to the Lecture Notes Collection, AC052. 4 published bound volumes were removed, as there are duplicates already in the University Archives.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Phoebe Nobles in 2016. Finding aid written by Phoebe Nobles in 2016.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 2: Correspondence to Richard R. Wright; Wright Family Papers, AC419, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Materials

The following related collections and materials are held by Mudd Manuscript Library:

AC052, Lecture Notes Collection

and by Special Collections: C0119, Walter Livingston Wright Papers.

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