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Collection Overview

Creator:
Machen, Arthur, 1863-1947
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Vodrey Collection of Arthur Machen Papers
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/qr46r084t
Dates:
1915-1972
Size:
4 boxes, 120 items, and 2.74 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-4
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of manuscripts and correspondence of Welsh writer Arthur Machen collected by Joseph Kelly Vodrey. It also contains an equal amount of manuscripts and correspondence of Machen admirers and collectors, particularly the members of the Machen Society, founded in 1948 after Machen's death.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The collection consists of manuscripts and correspondence of Machen and an equal amount of manuscripts and correspondence of Machen admirers and collectors, particularly the members of the Machen Society, founded in 1948 after Machen's death. Included are Machen's The Secret Glory (London: M. Secker, [1922], page proofs), Ornaments in Jade (New York: Knopf, 1924, signed autograph manuscript), The Children of the Pool (London: Hutchinson, [1936], autograph and typed manuscript), The Cosy Room and Other Stories (London: Rich & Cowan, [1936], typed manuscript), various short works, such as introductions and prefaces, address books, and photographs of his residences, 1863-1930.

In addition, there is Wesley Sweetser's University of Colorado doctoral dissertation, Arthur Machen, His Writings (published in 1964), with its lengthy bibliography. Others amply represented in the collection are Nathan van Patten, first president of the Arthur Machen Society, and Joseph Kelly Vodrey and Adrian Goldstone, active members.

Collection Creator Biography:

Arthur Machen was a Welsh writer of tales, mystical, romantic, and macabre.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Gift of Joseph Kelly Vodrey.

Custodial History:

When Nathan van Patten, president of the Arthur Machen Society, died in 1956, Joseph Kelly Vodrey, Society member and Machen collector, acquired much of his Machen-related papers. The Vodrey Collection reflects both men's Machen material.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

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:

Vodrey Collection of Arthur Machen Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/qr46r084t
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184