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MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982
Archibald MacLeish Collection
Manuscripts Division
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3 boxes and 1.0 linear feet
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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-3


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

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

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 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, 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, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. 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 any questions, please feel free to contact 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:

Archibald MacLeish Collection; 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 1-3