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MacInnes, Helen, 1907-1985
Helen MacInnes Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1941-1984 (mostly 1941-1966)
65 boxes and 29.70 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-65


The Helen MacInnes Papers contain the original manuscripts of twenty-two published novels, miscellaneous articles and speeches, and a play of renown Scottish novelist Helen MacInnes.

Collection Description & Creator Information


Contains the original manuscripts of twenty-two published novels, miscellaneous articles and speeches, and a play. Each of MacInnes' novels is generally represented by the original pencil manuscript as well as various versions in typescript edited in the author's hand; for many of the novels there are galley and page proofs as well. The collection is organized so that correspondence, scrapbooks, miscellaneous material, and printed matter pertaining to each novel are included with the manuscript, allowing one both to study the production of MacInnes' novels from the handwritten notes through to the final printer's copy and to follow their public reception through fan mail and comments by critics.

Collection Creator Biography:

MacInnes, Helen, 1907-1985

MacInnes was born in Glasgow, Scotland, came to the United States in 1937, and became a citizen in 1951. Her novels of international intrigue have been translated into 22 languages.

Collection History


Gift of author. Additions are a gift of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. and Keith Highet.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2002. Finding aid written in 2002.

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:

Helen MacInnes 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 (mss): Box 1-65