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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
"We Saw It Happen" Collection
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2


Consists of the typed manuscripts of We Saw It Happen (1938), edited by Hanson W. Baldwin and Shepard Stone, each chapter contributed by a different correspondent of the New York Times. The work details major news stories chronicled by important journalists of the day.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the typed manuscripts of the introduction and the twelve chapters of We Saw It Happen (1938), edited by Hanson W. Baldwin and Shepard Stone, each chapter contributed by a different correspondent of the New York Times: Arthur Krock, G. E. R. Gedye, F. Raymond Daniell, Frank Nugent and Douglas Churchill, Elliott V. Bell, Ferdinand Kuhn, Russell Owen, John Kieran, William R. Conklin, Hugh Byas, Brooks Atkinson, and Louis Stark. Most of the manuscripts exist in two versions: one with the author's corrections, the other, "final" version with the proofreader's marks.

Collection History

Custodial History

Originally, this collection formed part of Princeton's Archives of American Literature.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Alex Rodgers '2014 in 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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:

"We Saw It Happen" Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2

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Existence and Location of Copies

Publications: We Saw It Happen (N.Y.: Simon & Shuster, 1938), edited by Hanson W. Baldwin and Shepard Stone.

Subject Terms:
Foreign correspondents -- United States -- 20th century.
Journalists -- United States -- 20th century.
Reporters and reporting -- United States -- 20th century.
New York Times company