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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
William Faulkner Collection
Manuscripts Division
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3 boxes and 1.2 linear feet
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3


Consists of manuscripts and letters of American novelist and Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner and related materials, including manuscripts of Maurice Coindreau's translation into French of four Faulkner novels.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of manuscripts and letters of Faulkner and related materials, including manuscripts of Maurice Coindreau's translation into French of four Faulkner novels: As I Lay Dying, Requiem for a Nun, The Sound and the Fury, The Wild Palms. Among the eight letters included in the collection two are addressed to Coindreau, dated 1932 and 1937, in which Faulkner offers his assistance and gratitude to the translator. There is a small, pencil-drawn map in the hand of the author of the mythical town of Jefferson, along with eleven typed manuscripts of essays, speeches, and short stories, many of which have holograph corrections.

Among the manuscripts included in the collection are "Afternoon of a Cow," "Freedom American Style," "By the People," "Mississippi," "On Privacy," and "An Innocent at Rinkside." Miscellaneous materials include photographs of the author, copies of television plays of Faulkner's works, copies of essays and articles about Faulkner, and a large assortment of newspaper clippings pertaining to his literary career.


Arranged by box as follows: 1. Maurice Coindreau's French translations; 2. Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs; 3. Essays, clippings, miscellany about Faulkner.

Collection History


10 Faulkner transcripts are a gift of Harold Ober. Typed letter from Faulkner to Oates and 17 page typescript of "On Fear..." are a gift of Prof. Whitney J. Oates. Letter from Carl Van Vechten to Meriwether is a gift of James B. Meriwether. Microfilm of drafts of "There was a Queen" and "Sanctuary" is a gift of Linton Massey. Script of adaptation of "As I Lay Dying" is a gift of Lewis Freedman. Seven letters by Faulkner are a gift of Harry A. Decker. Various Faulkner, Dos Passos, and Larbaud manuscripts along with 2 Letters from Faulkner to Coindreau are a gift of Prof. M.E. Coindreau.

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Alex Rodgers '2014 in 2011.

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:

William Faulkner Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3