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Godwin, Parke, 1816-1904
Parke Godwin Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1830-1900 (mostly 1850-1880)
10 boxes
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-10


Consists of a wide range of published and unpublished manuscripts of Parke Godwin (Princeton Class of 1834).

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of a wide range of published and unpublished manuscripts of Godwin (Princeton Class of 1834), including History of France, A New Study of the Sonnets of Shakespeare, A Playspell Abroad, Teachers of the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 photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Parke Godwin Papers; 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 1-10

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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.