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More, Paul Elmer, 1864-1937
Paul Elmer More Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1888-1989 (mostly 1888-1949)
45 boxes, 6 folders, 4 items, and 18.8 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-48


The Paul Elmer More Papers reflect on More's life and career as an author, editor of The Nation (1909-1914), and lecturer at Princeton University (1918-1933) in philosophy and classics.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection reflects More's life and career as author, editor of The Nation (1909-1914), and lecturer at Princeton University (1918-1933) in philosophy and classics. Included are diaries of his trips to England; research notes on a variety of religious, classical, and philosophical subjects and philosophers; outlines and lectures for courses; manuscripts, typescripts, and galleys for articles, essays, and reviews; and partial translations of the Bhagavad Gita and Oedipus Tyrannus. In addition, there are 15 boxes of correspondence, contracts with publishers, and photographs, including several of Irving Babbitt. Correspondents include T. S. Eliot, George Roy Elliott, Ferris Greenslet, Corra Harris, Henry Holt, Percy H. Houston, Frank Jewett Mather, and James Brooks More.

A sizeable portion of the collection is A. H. Dakin's own collection of correspondence, interviews, recollections of More's contempories, research notes, and related material of his biography of More, most of it in photostat form.

Collection Creator Biography:

More, Paul Elmer, 1864-1937

Paul Elmer More, American essayist and critic, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on December 12, 1864. More taught Sanskrit at Harvard (1894-1895) and Bryn Mawr (1895-1897). He was literary editor for The Independent for three years and associated with the New York Evening Post for six years. During 1919 he lectured on Plato at Princeton University. More was associated with Irving Babbitt (founder and champion of humanism) of the modern humanistic movement. He authored many critical essays which were published in more than eleven volumes.

Collection History


Gift of Arthur Hazard Dakin, Mary Darah Fine, Harry B. Fine, E. Gilbert Dymond.

The 2022 accrual was a gift from Margo Lalich in September 2022 (AM 2023-041).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

During 2022, restrictions on materials for which researchers had to use surrogates were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.

The 2022 accrual was processed and added to the finding aid by Amy C. Vo in October 2022. Materials in this addition were intellectually integrated into the existing arrangement of the collection, namely into Series 2: Letters from Paul Elmer More.

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.

Permission to publish must be obtained from A. H. Dakin.

Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no additional information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Paul Elmer More 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 1-48