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Holden, Raymond P. (Raymond Peckham), 1894-1972
Raymond Holden Papers
Manuscripts Division
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9 boxes
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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-9


Raymond Holden was a noted author and publisher, who worked for a variety of publications, including the New Yorker, Fortune, Newsweek, and Reader's Digest. His papers include various copies and notes from his own works, correspondence with friends, some work of other people, and assorted documents.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Contains various drafts of books of Holden (Class of 1915)-- Death and the Strange Star (unpublished), Murder Breeds Murder(unpublished), The Arrow at the Heel (NY: Henry Holt, 1940), The Reminding Salt (NY: Dodd, Mead, 1964), Selected Poems (NY: Henry Holt, 1946), The Merrimack (NY: Rinehart, 1958), All About Famous Scientific Expeditions (NY: Random House, 1955), Famous Fossil Finds: Great Discoveries in Paleontology (NY: Dodd, Mead, 1966), Secrets in the Dust (NY: Dodd, Mead, 1959), and Wildlife Mysteries (NY: Dodd, Mead, 1972)--as well as versions of some of his short stories, poems, and articles. Included is sizeable correspondence from John Hall Wheelock, Raymond T. Bond, John Holmes, Morton Dauwen Zabel, and Vilhjalmur Stefansson, and there is correspondence from contemporary poets in response to a 1946 survey conducted by Holden and Sara Henderson Hay. The collection concludes with documents, printed material, and papers of other persons.

Collection Creator Biography:

Holden, Raymond P. (Raymond Peckham), 1894-1972

Raymond Holden was born on April 7, 1894 in New York City. He graduated form Princeton University in 1915 and served in the National Guard from 1916-1917. From there, Holden became involved in publishing. During his career he worked for a variety of publications, including the New Yorker, Fortune, Newsweek, and Reader's Digest. Holden was also a writer in his own right, producing a number of books, short stories, and poetry. Later in life he moved to New England, where he became involved in both the New Hampshire House of Representatives and the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association. He passed away on June 26, 1972.

Collection History


Gift of Barbara Holden Yeomens, Raymond P. Holden, Anonymous


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Biography written by Alyxandra Cullen, '09.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

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:

Raymond Holden Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-9