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Bonner, Paul Hyde
Paul Hyde Bonner Papers
Manuscripts Division
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31 boxes and 13.35 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-31


Consists of diaries, notebooks, manuscripts, correspondence, and scrapbooks of American diplomat and novelist Paul Hyde Bonner.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection contains typed manuscripts and/or galley proofs of eight of Bonner's novels, including Amanda, Ambassador Extraordinary, Art of Llewellyn Jones, "Good-bye, Come Again" (unpublished), Excelsior, "Malianche (unpublished)", SPQR, and With Both Eyes Open, two collections of short stories, and one play, Dangerous Medicine. Eight of his personal diaries and notebooks are also included in the collection.

Correspondence consists of letters from family, friends, and some notable literary figures, such as Samuel Hopkins Adams, Bernard Berenson, Noel Coward, Edna Ferber, Arthur Krock, Christopher La Farge, Alfred Lunt, John Phillips Marquand, Edward A. Newton, Eugene O'Neill, Robert E. Sherwood, Rebecca West, H. G. Wells, and Alexander Woolcott. There is also editorial correspondence with Charles Scribner & Sons (New York) and Curtis Brown & Co (London). Six scrapbooks, each one devoted to one of Bonner's novels, contain newspaper clippings, letters of appreciation, and fan mail. Also found in the collection are correspondence and other material related to his military career (1917-1919, 1941-1955) and his service with the Department of State, Division of Foreign Services (1946-1952), in Rome and Paris.

A later addition to the collection is the papers of Paul Hyde Bonner, Jr., who was a literary agent to his father. This consists of correspondence between the Bonners and the son and the son's correspondence with various publishing houses and literary agencies in the United States and abroad.


Series: I. Works--A. Novels, B. Short Stories and Drama, C. Short Fiction, D. Essays, E. Poems, F. Unidentified Manuscripts; II. Correspondence; III. Documents; IV. Diaries and Notebooks; V. Scrapbooks; VI. Memorabilia; VII. Miscellaneous; VIII. Printed Material; IX. Family Papers; X. Other People's Works.

Collection Creator Biography:

Bonner, Paul Hyde

Paul Hyde Bonner was an American diplomat and novelist, known for his works of international intrigue.

Collection History


Gift of Mrs. Paul Hyde Bonner and Paul H. Bonner Jr. Typescript of "Lost and Found" is a gift of Prof. John Tyler Bonner.


No appraisal information is available.

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:

Paul Hyde Bonner Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-31