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Dashiell, Alfred S. (Alfred Sheppard), 1901-1970
Selected Papers of Alfred S. Dashiell
Manuscripts Division
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3 boxes and 1.35 linear feet
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3


Alfred S. Dashiell was an American writer and editor. His papers relate primarily to his time as editor of Scribner's and Reader's Digest. Letters, memorabilia, and incomplete manuscripts of Thomas Wolfe appear, along with letters from other authors, assorted correspondence, and papers dealing with the Princeton matters of Terrace Club, Graduate Council, Hibben Fund, and Class of 1923 reunions.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of papers of Dashiell (Princeton Class of 1923) related to his editorial work at Scribner's and The Reader's Digest. There are several folders of Thomas Wolfe material, including letters, memorabilia, and four incomplete manuscripts, including one for "The Train and the City." Other authors represented in the collection, generally by one or two letters, include Struthers Burt, Henry Seidel Canby, Robert Frost, Hendrik Willem Van Loon, H. L. Mencken, James Thurber, Franklin P. Adams, Thomas Hornsby Ferril, John Dewey, and Carl Sandburg. A brief disclaimer in the hand of Ernest Hemingway, which appeared with the serialization of A Farewell to Arms, is also included.

Collection Creator Biography:

Dashiell, Alfred S. (Alfred Sheppard), 1901-1970

Alfred Sheppard Dashiell was born on April 29, 1901 in Snow Hill, Maryland. Dashiell was a member of the Princeton University class of 1923 and went on to work for The Baltimore Evening Sun, New York World, Boston Transcript, and The New York Evening Post. He served as editor of Scribner's and Reader's Digest. Dashiell also wrote himself, producing several works including How Not to Write Short Stories and Editor's Choice. He passed away on October 5, 1970.

Collection History


Gift of Alfred S. Dashiell.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Biography written by Alyxandra Cullen, '09.

During 2022, restrictions on a note from Ernest Hemingway in were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is 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.

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:

Selected Papers of Alfred S. Dashiell; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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