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MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982
Archibald MacLeish Collection
Manuscripts Division
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3 boxes
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-3


Consists of selected manuscripts and correspondence of American poet/dramatist and Pulitzer Prize winner Archibald MacLeish.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection contains the typed manuscript, first and page proofs, working dummy, and author's proof of MacLeish's verse play Nobodaddy (1926) and typed manuscripts--drafts and final versions--for two of MacLeish's shorter historical dramatizations: Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honors (1961), a script for television tracing the Jefferson legacy through narration with dialogue from original sources and focusing on July 4, 1826, the day on which both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died; and The American Bell (1962), a script for a sound-and-light spectacular presented at Philadelphia's Independence Hall and concerned with the Liberty Bell and events leading up to the Declaration of Independence. Included is MacLeish's correspondence with Julian P. Boyd, editor-in-chief of the Jefferson Papers at that time, who contributed much, in terms of historical facts, suggestions, and criticisms, to both MacLeish dramatizations.

Collection Creator Biography:

MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982

Archibald MacLeish was an American poet, dramatist, Librarian of Congress, and Harvard professor. He won the Pulitzer Prize three times: for Conquistador (1933, poetry), Collected Poems (1917–1952) (1953, poetry), and J.B. (1959, drama).

Collection History


Gift of Prof. Julian P. Boyd.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Alex Rodgers '2013 in 2011.

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.

Credit this material:

Archibald MacLeish Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-3