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- Richter, Conrad, 1890-1968
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Conrad Richter Papers
- Manuscripts Division
- Permanent URL:
- 102 boxes
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-102
Consists of material relating to the American author Conrad Richter, including manuscripts, writing notebooks, notes, and galley proofs for several of his novels and other writings. Includes a substantial amount of personal and professional correspondence, as well as photographs.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection contains manuscripts for various works of fiction and nonfiction by Richter: notes, notebooks, autograph and typescript manuscripts, galley proofs, related correspondence, clippings, and other background material for his trilogy The Trees (1940), The Fields (1946), and The Town (1950), collectively published as The Awakening Land (1966); the introduction and early drafts for The Sea of Grass (1937); outlines, notes on the Delaware Indian language, drafts, galley proofs, and early chapters entitled "My Enemy, My Son" for The Light in the Forest (1953); and corrected typescripts for The Grandfathers (1964) and A Country of Strangers (1966).
Additional material includes James Lee Barrett's screenplay of The Awakening Land, a chronology of the trilogy, several articles, four chapters from The Fields and a few early manuscript pages from The Lady (1957), notebooks on writing and various western topics, correspondence with Alfred Knopf (Richter's publisher), Paul R. Reynolds (both the father and son were Richter's literary agents), Erdmann N. Brandt (of The Saturday Evening Post), friends, literary associates, and readers. There is also a large selection of correspondence between Conrad Richter and his wife and daughter. Furthermore, there are miscellaneous notes and outlines for short stories and articles, including stories published in his Early Americana and Other Stories (1936), and personal journals (1925-1966), as well as four drawers of file cards on which Richter kept notes and ideas. The collection includes a fair amount of genealogical material on the Richter and Achenbach families, with items dating to the early 19th century.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Conrad Michael Richter was born on October 16, 1890, in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1951 for The Town, the third and final installment in his pioneer trilogy entitled The Awakening Land. Richter may be best-known for two of his other novels -- The Sea of Grass and The Light in the Forest -- both of which were made into films. Richter, his wife, Harvena (Harvey) Maria Achenbach, and their daughter, Harvena (Vene), moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1928. In 1950, Richter returned to Pine Grove and lived there until his death on October 30, 1968.
Acquired as gifts from Conrad Richter and, after his death, from his wife and daughter.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No appraisal information is available.
- Processing Information:
This collection was processed in 2003 and the original finding aid was written in 2003. Sylvia Yu processed the collection again starting in September 2010 through 2012. Jill Baron processed the final additions of materials to the collection and completed the finding aid in 2012, with great assistance from Lauren Hoffman '15.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use.
- 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:
Conrad Richter Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Location of Originals:
The Pennsylvania State University Special Collections Library in University Park, PA, holds 9.4 cubic feet of other papers of Conrad Richter. Link to their finding aid online: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/digital/findingaids/2491.htm
- Subject Terms:
- Advertising -- United States -- 20th century.
American fiction -- 20th century.
Editors -- United States -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Frontier and pioneer life -- United States -- Fiction.
Historical fiction, American -- 20th century.
Indian captivities -- Fiction.
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Manuscripts.
Publishers and publishing -- United States -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
- Genre Terms:
- Correspondence -- 20th century.
Diaries -- 20th century.
Drafts (preliminary versions) -- 20th century.
Fiction -- 20th century.
Galley Proofs (Printing) -- 20th century.
Manuscripts -- 20th century.