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Mathews, Jackson.
Jackson Mathews Collection of Sylvia Beach
Manuscripts Division
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1 box, 2 items, and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1
English French


Consists of letters and other material related to Sylvia Beach (1887-1962), the American proprietress of the Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company, collected by Jackson Mathews (1907?-1978).

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of correspondence (1955-1962) by Sylvia Beach to Jackson Mathews and his wife, Marthiel; copies of letters to Beach from Ernest Hemingway, D. H. Lawrence, Adrienne Monnier, Andre Gide, and others; and correspondence of Mathews with others primarily regarding the "Hommage à Sylvia Beach," which he prepared in 1963 for the Mercure de France. These last materials include letters and typescripts containing remembrances of Beach by Malcolm Cowley, Allen Tate, Katherine Anne Porter, Archibald MacLeish. Furthermore, there is a small selection of miscellanea, including Beach's manuscript "Inturned," which describes her captivity by the Germans during World War II; an untitled manuscript by Yves Bonnefoy; material on Shakespeare and Company's library; material regarding the sale of James Joyce's papers to the University of Buffalo; and unpublished photographs of Beach and her friends in the Mediterranean (1961-1962).

Collection Creator Biography:

Mathews, Jackson.

Jackson Mathews was a writer, translator, and editor. Born in Griffin, Georgia, in 1907, Mathews graduated from the University of Georgia in 1928 and received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1947. His specialty was comparative literature, and he worked extensively with French texts. Mathews worked as a professor, translator, and Foreign Service officer, and he completed translations of Monsieur Teste (1947), My Theatre (1952), Flowers of Evil (1955), and Hypnos Waking (1956). In 1963, he completed Hommage à Sylvia Beach (Homage to Sylvia Beach) for the Mercure de France, during which time he collected correspondence, typescripts, and other miscellanea from Beach. Mathews died in 1978.

Collection History


Purchased from Mrs. Jackson Mathews through Paul Appel.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jim Flannery in 2004. Finding aid written by Jim Flannery in 2004.

Biography written by Jessica Marati, '08.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

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.

Credit this material:

Jackson Mathews Collection of Sylvia Beach; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1

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The following sources were consulted during preparation of biographical note: Marquis Who's Who on the Web.

Subject Terms:
Booksellers and bookselling -- France -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, German.
Genre Terms:
Shakespeare and Company (Paris, France)
Beach, Sylvia
Joyce, James, 1882-1941