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- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
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Series 1: Writings, 1920-1964
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Scope and Contents
This series contains the published and unpublished work produced by Blackmur over the course of his life. Materials include essays, poetry, plays, short stories, and unpublished novels.
The material is arranged into four subseries: "Notes and Notebooks", "Criticism", "Poetry", and "Other Writings".
Personal checks for routine domestic payments were discarded.
- Processing Information
Processed by Jenna Marrone in 2012.
Pages 30-91 of the 91-page transcription of Blackmur's notes on Erich Auerbach's seminars 1-5 (1949) that had been mixed with materials relating to seminar 6 were filed with the rest of the transcript (pages 1-29) in 2018.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
The majority of the collection is open for research.
Student papers in Boxes 39-43 are restricted in compliance with FERPA regulations until 75 years following the date of creation.
For preservation reasons, physical access to original audio and visual media in a variety of magnetic and optic formats is restricted. The Special Collections does not have playback equipment and facilities, and all original media, especially in obsolete formats, must be digitally remastered or converted in accordance with prevailing preservation standards in order to be safely accessed. Subject to staffial approval, patrons may request duplicates of such original media, but will be responsible for both the cost of digital conversion and the cost of the duplicate, payable in advance. Public Services staff handles all such requests. Turn-around time for such requests will depend on the size and scope of the project.
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. Patrons may request digital copies of original analog media, but will be responsible for the cost of digital conversion, payable in advance. Turn-around time for such requests will depend on the size and scope of the project. Requests should be directed to Public Services staff.
- Conditions Governing Use
Blackmur's literary rights in the papers were transferred to the Trustees of Princeton University by Blackmur's residual legatee in 1985. 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, any copyright vested in the donor has passed to The Trustees of Princeton University and researchers do not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with use of donor-created materials within the collection. For materials in the collection not created by the donor, or where the material is not an original, the copyright is likely not held by the University. In these instances, 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. 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 a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting 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:
Series 1: Writings; R. P. Blackmur Papers, C0227, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 1-22; B-001222