Contents and Arrangement Expanded View

Collection Overview

Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961. (1899-1961)
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Ernest Hemingway Collection
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
2 boxes and 0.8 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2


Consists of selected material by and about the American author and Nobel Prize winner Ernest Hemingway.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection contains autograph and typed manuscripts of two articles, "Bullfighting, Sport and Industry" and "Cracking the Siegfried Line"; a signed, autograph manuscript of the short story "A Day's Wait"; the uncorrected galleys of Death in the Afternoon; and a signed carbon of The Torrents of Spring with an inscription to Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Also included is correspondence with friends, as well as photographs, printed material, and other related items.

A more recent accession is a videocassette of a documentary film made for television, entitled "Biography: Ernest Hemingway: Wrestling with Life" (1998), produced by Crisman Films, Inc., for the Arts & Entertainment Network. Chronicling Hemingway's life, the film is narrated by Mariel Hemingway and contains reminiscences by Hemingway's sons Jack and Gregory, A. E. Hotchner, Clara Spiegel, Gregorio Fuentes, Charles Scribner III, and others.

Further additions consist of a typescript of Hemingway's dispatches or press releases sent from Spain dated between April and Octover, 1937; a letter to his son Gigi (August 21, 1950), a letter to Joseph H. Barach (Sept. 12, 1952), and a letter of Pauline Pfeiffer (Hemingway) to their son Gigi (August 24).


Series: Works, Correspondence Sent, Correspondence Received, Family Papers, Papers About Hemingway, Miscellaneous, Photographs and Printed Material.

Collection Creator Biography:

Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961.

Ernest Hemingway was an American novelist, storywriter, and journalist from Oak Park, Illinois. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.

Collection History


Letters of Ernest and Pauline Hemingway to their son Gigi were a gift of Anne de Chabret and the other children of Anne Brown Davidson in honor of R. Manning Brown, on June 17, 1985 .

Hemingway's dispatches were a gift of John Hylan Hemingway, Princeton Class of 1937, on December 30, 1985 .

The letter to Joseph H. Barach was purchased on September 20, 1993 .

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Alex Rodgers '2013 in 2011.

In 2022, restrictions on materials where researchers were required to use surrogates were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission is required to quote. Check with the Manuscripts Division for details. 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:

Ernest Hemingway Collection; 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 1-2

Find More

Existence and Location of Copies

Publications: "Bullfighting Sport and Industry" ( Fortune, vol. 1, no. 2: 1930), "Cracking the Siegfried Line" ( Collier's, vol. 114: 1944), "A Day's Wait" (1933), Death in the Afternoon (New York: Scribner, 1932), The Torrents of Spring, (New York: Scribner, 1926)

Other Finding Aids

A checklist is available.

Subject Terms:
American fiction -- 20th century.
Bullfights -- Spain -- 20th century.
Manuscripts -- 20th century.
Novelists, American -- 20th century.
Genre Terms:
Correspondence -- 20th century
Fiction -- 20th century.
Galley Proofs (Printing) -- 20th century.
photographs -- 20th century.
Pfeiffer, Pauline
Siegfried Line (Germany)