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Powell, Richard, 1908-1999.
Richard Powell Novels
Manuscripts Division
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12 boxes
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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-12


Consists of manuscript notes, typescripts with autograph corrections, and galley proofs to eight novels by Richard Powell (Princeton Class of 1930).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of manuscript notes, typescripts with autograph corrections, and galley proofs to eight novels of Richard Powell (Princeton Class of 1930)-- Daily and Sunday, Don Quixote, U.S.A., I Take This Land, The Philadelphian, Pioneer, Go Home, The Soldier, Tickets to the Devil, and Whom the Gods Would Destroy--and the art work and cover layouts for four of them.

Collection Creator Biography:

Powell, Richard, 1908-1999.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Powell graduated from Princeton University in 1930 and then worked at the Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger newspaper. After ten years, he joined the advertising agency N. W. Ayer & Son. Following service on Gen. Douglas MacArthur's staff during World War II, he returned to N.W. Ayer, where he rose to vice president of information services in 1952. In the 1940s, Powell began writing fiction and in 1958 was able to devote himself to writing full time. His first published books were Inner Sanctum Mysteries, published from 1943 to 1955. His major publishing debut, The Philadelphian in 1957, spent more than six months on the bestseller list. Richard Powell died on December 8, 1999 in Fort Myers, Florida. [from Wikipedia]

Collection History


This collection was the gift of Mr. Richard Powell in 1965 with an additional gift of Mr. Richard Powell in 1971.

AM 16418 and AM 18477


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 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:

Richard Powell Novels; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-12