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Rodin, Auguste, 1840-1917.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Auguste Rodin Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1880-1966 (mostly 1900-1912)
1 box and 0.45 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


The Auguste Rodin Collection contains over fifty Rodin letters, cards, telegrams, and notes, of which about half are in the hand of the sculptor.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Contains over fifty Rodin letters, cards, telegrams, and notes, of which about half are in the hand of the sculptor. Eleven letters to Arthur Symons illuminate Rodin's friendship with, and admiration of, the poet. A holograph manuscript, signed and dated 1906, is essentially a compilation of autobiographical notes prepared for the Academy of Berlin upon the artist's election to its membership. Another holograph manuscript, "La Tour du Travail," describes Rodin's plan for this sculpture (a work never completed) and includes a sketch, as do several of his notes and letters.

Collection Creator Biography:

Rodin, Auguste, 1840-1917.

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was a renown French artist and sculptor.

Collection History


Correspondence with Ronald Allen purchased from Sarah Fox-Pitt Archives in 1979.

Custodial History

The bulk of this collection was preserved by Rene Cheruy, one-time secretary of Rodin, who subsequently resided in the United States as a teacher of French. It was presented to Princeton University by a group of Mr. Cheruy's former students.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2002. Finding aid written in 2002.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

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:

Auguste Rodin Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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

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Subject Terms:
Sculptors -- France.
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