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Thompson, Vance, 1863-1925
Vance Thompson Papers
Manuscripts Division
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7 boxes and 3.15 linear feet
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ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-7


The Vance Thompson Papers consists of manuscripts, writings for the press, letters, documents, photographs and miscellanea of author and playwright Vance Thompson, Princeton Class of 1883.

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists of selected papers of Thompson (Princeton Class of 1883). Included are diaries (1913, 1918); musical scores; two plays, The Peace Girl and Jane Shore; various short stories and scenarios, such as "The Blue Lotus," "In Old Japan," and "Killing the Mandarin"; a group of carbons, typescripts, and tearsheets of The Poetical Works of Vance Thompson, compiled posthumously by his wife, Lilian Spencer Thompson, an actress who used the stage name of Mlle. Severin; and a section of writings for the press containing articles, book and theater reviews, publication contracts, and clippings. Correspondence includes letters (1897-1906) to Dr. William J. O'Sullivan, a friend and lawyer, letters (1918-1925) to his wife, letters from his father, Rev. Charles L. Thompson, and diplomatic correspondence (1918-1919) while he was political adviser to the U.S. embassy at Rome. Also present are diplomatic documents, a scrapbook of clippings concerning his wife's acting career and dramatic productions of his works, bookplates, clippings, tearsheets, and photographs of Thompson, his family, and Belgium in 1918.

Collection Creator Biography:

Thompson, Vance, 1863-1925

Vance Thompson was an author and playwright best known for penning one of the first low-carbohydrate diet books, Eat and Grow Thin. Born in 1863, Thompson graduated from Princeton University in 1883 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Jena in Sachsen-Weimar, Germany. He wrote several dramas and books, and he served as editor-in-chief of M'lle New York and The Outline of Christianity. Thompson died in 1925.

Collection History


Gift of E.P. Dutton and Company, Inc.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2002. Finding aid written in 2002.

Biography written by Jessica Marati, '08.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

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.

Credit this material:

Vance Thompson Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-7