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Williams, Jesse Lynch, 1871-1929
Jesse Lynch Williams Papers
Manuscripts Division
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14 boxes and 5.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-14


Consists of selected manuscripts, diaries, and notebooks of American dramatist and novelist Jesse Lynch Williams.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection contains manuscripts, typescripts, and notes for several works of Jesse Lynch Williams (Princeton Class of 1892): an unfinished novel ( His Share of the World, 1901-1904), two plays ( Why Divorce? and Why Marry?), a collection of prose sketches about New York City life at the turn of the century, and several short works, both fiction and non-fiction. Also included are diaries, notebooks, and appointment books, 1890-1912.


Series: I. Writings--A. Novel, B. Plays, C. Short Fiction, D. Non-Fiction, E. Short Non-Fiction, F. Short Stories, Poems, G. Notebooks, Diaries, Appointment books, H. Miscellaneous.

Collection Creator Biography:

Williams, Jesse Lynch, 1871-1929

A graduate of Princeton University (Class of 1892), Jesse Lynch Williams was an American dramatist and novelist. His work Why Marry? won the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1918.

Collection History


This collection was the gift of Mr. Laidlaw O. Williams in 1961.

AM 17172


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

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:

Jesse Lynch Williams Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-14