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Boker, George H. (George Henry), 1823-1890
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
George H. Boker Collection
Manuscripts Division
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6 boxes, 3 Volumes, and 2.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-6


Consists chiefly of manuscripts of poems and plays by George H. Boker, a nineteenth-century American dramatist and poet.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists chiefly of manuscripts of poems and plays by Boker (Princeton Class of 1842). Most of the eleven plays in the collection appear in several versions; generally, there is an autograph manuscript and typescript copy for each, but for many of the plays there are also revised versions and actors' copies. Francesca da Rimini, for example, is represented by five versions dated from 1853 to 1882. Other plays included in the collection are All the World a Mask, Anne Boleyn, Glaucus, and The Widow's Marriage. There are folders containing Boker's poems and sonnets, both published and unpublished. Many of these are complete; several appear to be fragments, notes, or drafts. Also present is some original correspondence, typescript copies of 102 letters to Richard Henry Stoddard (1849-1869), and a poem "To J. Lorimer Graham, Jr., November 16, 1866."

Collection Creator Biography:

Boker, George H. (George Henry), 1823-1890

George Henry Boker was a playwright, poet, patriot and diplomat. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1842. He was the founder and the first editor of the Nassau Monthly. He published two volumes of poetry, wrote a number of plays, and served as United States Minister to Turkey and Russia. His most successful play was the verse tragedy Francesca da Rimini.

Collection History


Copies of 102 letters to Richard Henry Stoddard were a gift of Daniel M. Henders. AM 13875.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '15 in 2013.

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:

George H. Boker Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-6