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Polly Dickinson Commonplace Book, 1807-1843
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of over 3000 miscellaneous items of primarily American literary, historical, and political figures, including business and personal letters, cards, manuscripts, drawings, photographs, and official documents (deeds, wills, bonds, etc.). This miscellaneous collection provides a way of locating small accessions of material that are not part of the Manuscripts Division's provenance-based or topical collections.
The collection includes documents from United States presidents James Buchanan, Millard Fillmore, Ulysses S. Grant, Warren G. Harding, Rutherford B. Hayes, Herbert Hoover, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, William Howard Taft, and Martin Van Buren. The collection also contains original documents of Alexander Graham Bell, Andrew Carnegie, Winston Churchill, Charles Darwin, Jefferson Davis, Frederick Douglass, Sigmund Freud, Langston Hughes, Victor Hugo, Herman Melville, J. P. Morgan, Samuel Morse, Benito Mussolini, Friedrich Nietzsche, George Orwell, Thomas Paine, Edgar Allan Poe, Paul Revere, J. D. Salinger, Jean-Paul Satre, William Tecumseh Sherman, Upton Sinclair, Henry Morton Stanley, John Steinbeck, Bram Stoker, Alexis de Toqueville, Jules Verne, Booker T. Washington, E. B. White, and Virginia Woolf, to name only a few of the most famous.
Purchased from Whitmore Rare Books in 2022 (AM 2022-120).
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No material was separated during processing.
- Processing Information
Item processed and described by Kelly Bolding in April 2022, incorporating some description provided by the dealer and the Dickinson Family Association.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and 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:
Polly Dickinson Commonplace Book; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box B-001872