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Scott, William Berryman, 1858-1947
William Berryman Scott Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1874-1946 (mostly 1910-1940)
21 boxes and 10.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-21


Consists of papers of William Berryman Scott (Princeton Class of 1877), an eminent vertebrate paleontologist and professor of geology at Princeton University.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of papers of Scott (Princeton Class of 1877), professor at Princeton for 50 years. The collection includes the manuscripts for the third editions of An Introduction to Geology (1932) and A History of Land Mammals in the Western Hemisphere (1937) and the notebooks and typescript of Some Memories of a Paleontologist (1939), as well as correspondence between Scott and the leading natural scientists of the day, such as Henry Fairfield Osborn. The reminiscences in the Memories are rich in anecdotal material concerning Scott's grandfather, Charles Hodge, a leading Presbyterian theologian and professor at the Princeton Theological Seminary. Additions include three notebooks of Scott's lecture notes taken while at Princeton, 1874-1876, and a typescript autobiography of his Princeton undergraduate years, entitled "Princeton 1873-78, Underclass Life in College."


Series: I. Works--A. An Introduction to Geology, B. A History of Land Mammals in the Western Hemisphere, C. Some Memories of a Paleontologist, D. Miscellaneous Manuscripts; II. Correspondence; III. Documents; IV. Miscellaneous Material--Financial; V. Printed Matter.

Collection Creator Biography:

Scott, William Berryman, 1858-1947

A graduate of Princeton University (1877), William Berryman Scott received his Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg in 1880. A specialist in vertebrate paleontology, Scott was an authority on mammals and the Oligocene geologic period. He was Blair Professor of Geology at Princeton from 1886 to 1930.

Collection History

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:

William Berryman Scott Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-21

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Existence and Location of Copies

Publications by Scott: An Introduction to Geology (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1932), A History of Land Mammals in the Western Hemisphere (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1937), Some Memories of a Paleontologist (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1939)

Subject Terms:
College students -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- Biography.
Geologists -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- 20th century.
Mammals -- Western Hemisphere -- Evolution.
Paleontologists -- United States -- 20th century.
Genre Terms:
Manuscripts (for publication)
College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.)
College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.). Class of 1877
College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.). Dept. of Geology.
Hodge, Charles (1797-1878)