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Godwin, Parke, 1816-1904
Parke Godwin Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1830-1900 (mostly 1850-1880)
10 boxes and 3.96 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-10


Consists of a wide range of published and unpublished manuscripts of Parke Godwin (Princeton Class of 1834).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a wide range of published and unpublished manuscripts of Godwin (Princeton Class of 1834), including History of France, A New Study of the Sonnets of Shakespeare, A Playspell Abroad, Teachers of the Ninetheenth Century (three chapters of this projected book), numerous essays (several on the Civil War period), four plays, five stories, two folders of poetry, and notes and fragments for other works. In addition, the collection houses a folder of correspondence, a list of sub-committees for the American Committee of the Statue of Liberty, and six folders of unidentified papers of others.


Roughly grouped into Works, Notes, Correspondence, and Miscellaneous.

Collection Creator Biography:

Godwin, Parke, 1816-1904

Parke Godwin was an American journalist and author based in New York City. In the 1850s he became an ardent abolitionist. An associate editor of Putnam's Magazine, Godwin became sole editor from January 1868 to November 1870.

Collection History


Donated by Elizabeth Love Godwin in 1956.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Peter Runfola '2012.

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:

Parke Godwin Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-10

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Existence and Location of Copies

Publications: The History of France (N.Y.: Harper, 1860), A New Study of the Sonnets of Shakespeare (N.Y.: G.P. Putnam, 1900), The Movement of Political Opinion and Its Relations to Existing Controversy (N.Y.: Evening Post Steam Presses, 1877)

Subject Terms:
Journalists -- United States -- 19th century -- Manuscripts
Political science -- United States -- 19th century.
College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.). Class of 1834.
American Committee of the Statue of Liberty
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
France -- History -- To 987.
United States -- History -- 1865-1898.
United States -- History -- Civil war, 1861-1865.