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Holden, Raymond P. (Raymond Peckham), 1894-1972
Raymond Holden Papers
Manuscripts Division
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9 boxes
Storage Note:
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


Contains various drafts of books of Holden (Class of 1915)-- Death and the Strange Star (unpublished), Murder Breeds Murder(unpublished), The Arrow at the Heel (NY: Henry Holt, 1940), The Reminding Salt (NY: Dodd, Mead, 1964), Selected Poems (NY: Henry Holt, 1946), The Merrimack (NY: Rinehart,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 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:

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

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-9