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Wright, Walter Livingston (1900-1949)
Princeton University Library Collection of Walter Livingston Wright Materials
Manuscripts Division
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3 boxes and 1.5 linear feet
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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-3


Consists of manuscripts, correspondence, and documents of Walter Livingston Wright, Jr. (Princeton Class of 1921) relating to his work in Turkey, Princeton, and Washington, D.C., as well as papers of his father, Walter Livingston Wright (Class of 1892) who was president of Lincoln University (Pa.).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection contains manuscripts, correspondence, and documents of Wright (Princeton Class of 1921) relating to his work in Turkey, Princeton, and Washington, D.C. There is extensive correspondence with his father (Princeton Class of 1892) while Wright was president of the American College for Girls and Robert College in Istanbul, and the collection includes sketches of the founders of Robert College and papers on the earthquake that took place in Turkey in 1939. In addition, there are some essays, translations, and correspondence of Wright's father who was president of Lincoln University (Pa.), one of the first American universities for African Americans.

Collection Creator Biography:


Walter Livingston Wright Jr. (1900-1949) served as professor of Turkish language and history at Princeton University and served as president of Robert College and the Istanbul Woman's College in Istanbul, Turkey. Wright also taught at American University in Bierut. Wright spent much of World War II in Turkey working for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Wright graduated from Princeton University in 1921.

Collection History


Gifts of George C. Wright in 1973 (AM 21224) and Laura Ivey in 2023 (AM 2023-114).

Custodial History

The items donated in 2024 by Laura Ivey, a friend of the Wright family, had belonged to brothers Walter L. Wright III, Marjorie Williams Wright, and Frederick Wright.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Feng Zhu '14 in 2013. 2024 additions processed and finding aid updated by Faith Charlton in 2024.

Collection title updated in 2024 to reflect AM 2023-114 addition.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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:

Princeton University Library Collection of Walter Livingston Wright Materials; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-3