Contents and Arrangement

Marotte, undated

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Collection History


Individual items that were originally acquired as part of the Sylvia Beach Papers are now curated by the Graphic Arts division, including the Shakespeare & Company shop sign painted by Marie Monnier-Bécat; a portrait of Sylvia Beach in oil by Paul-Émile Bécat, signed, Paris, 1923; and a full-length portrait of Adrienne Monnier in oil by Paul-Émile Bécat, Paris 1921;

In addition, two items that remain part of the Sylvia Beach Papers are: an oak cabinet and a bust of William Shakespeare executed in colored Staffordshireware.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Enid Adelson, Paul Koepp and Karla J. Vecchia in 2004.

Reprocessed by Regine Heberlein and Valerie Addonizio (photographs series) in 2012.

During 2012 processing, the collection (except for the photographs series) was re-arranged on the folder level. The existing distribution of materials in folders and their labels were largely preserved except where found to be wrong.

Folder inventory prepared by Nicholas Williams '2015 and Allyse Terrell '2014 in 2012. During 2022, restrictions on original items, including Ernest Hemingway materials, were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.

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. 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.

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:

Marotte; Sylvia Beach Papers, C0108, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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Existence and Location of Copies

Some materials, including letters from Ernest Hemingway to Sylvia Beach, are available on microfilm.

Related Materials

Other major collections of Sylvia Beach material are housed at the University of Buffalo and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin.


"The Sylvia Beach Collection" by Howard C. Rice, Jr., The Princeton University Library Chronicle , Vol. XXVI, No. 1 (Autumn, 1964). pp. 7-15.

Shakespeare and Company (Paris, France)
Joyce, James, 1882-1941
Joyce, James, 1882-1941