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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
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ReCAP (rcpxm): 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


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 There are folders containing Boker's poems and sonnets, both published and unpublished.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.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '15 in 2013.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

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:

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

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