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Hamilton, Edith, 1867-1963.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Edith Hamilton Collection
Manuscripts Division
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3 boxes and 1.35 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3


Edith Hamilton was a classics scholar with a particular interest in Greek civilization. The collection consists of typescript and galley proofs of her book The Ever-Present Past, notebooks on classical civilization, and correspondence.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection contains typescript and galley proofs of Hamilton's work The Ever-Present Past, 29 notebooks on various topics relating to Greek/Roman civilization, and correspondence, consisting of letters to John Mason Brown (1931-1961) and Philip Burt Fisher, who was wounded in France during World War I, and from Storer B. Lunt, her publisher at W. W. Norton (1957). There are also copies of letters to Hamilton from John Mason Brown (1930-1963), some newspaper clippings, and some obituary material.

Collection Creator Biography:

Hamilton, Edith, 1867-1963.

Hamilton became well-known through her writings as a popularizer of classical values and Greek civilization. A full-time writer from 1922 on, she became an honorary citizen of Athens, Greece, in 1950.

Collection History


Correspondence between Edith Hamilton and John Mason Brown is a gift of Mrs. John Mason Brown. Papers of Hamilton and letters from Ezra Pound to Edith Hamilton are a gift of Doris Fielding Reid. The Edith Hamilton letters to Philip Burt Fisher are a gift of Philip Fisher, Jr.


No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

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:

Edith Hamilton 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:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3