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Fox, Frederic E. (Frederic Ewing), 1917-1981
14 Africans vs. One American by Frederic Fox
Manuscripts Division
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Consists of the corrected typescript and corrected galley proof of the book 14 Africans vs. One American (1963) by American journalist Frederic Fox (Princeton Class of 1939).

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of the corrected typescript and corrected galley proof of the book 14 Africans vs. One American (1963) by Fox (Princeton Class of 1939), which describes his experiences in Northern Rhodesia at the Africa Literacy and Writing Center teaching journalism and writing to 14 young Africans from different countries.

Collection Creator Biography:

Fox, Frederic E. (Frederic Ewing), 1917-1981

A graduate from Princeton in 1939, Frederic Ewing Fox went on to serve in the Army in World War II under General Dwight D. Eisenhower. His articles in the New York Timeson American community life brought him to the attention of then President Eisenhower. He served as an assistant in the White House till 1961. In 1964 he became the Recording Secretary at Princeton University.

Described by University President William G. Bowen as a "cross between a curator, a ringmaster, and a storyteller," Frederic Fox was the only person ever to occupy the office of Keeper of Princetoniana at Princeton University. The unique position involved corresponding with students, faculty, and alumni; collecting memorabilia; meeting with potential donors and receiving gifts; and representing the University tradition publicly, among a bevy of other informal duties. A member of the Class of 1939, Fox served as recording secretary of the University for 17 years and became a well-known figure on campus. In 1976 he was made Keeper of Princetoniana, and he held the position until his death in 1981. Concern for the preservation of Princeton's traditions and memorabilia is carried on by the Princetoniana Committee, a group comprised of alumni and other individuals dedicated to the same mission.

Collection History


Gift of the author on November 10, 1970. AM 20449.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager '15 in 2013.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Credit this material:

14 Africans vs. One American by Frederic Fox; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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