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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 (scamss): 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

Scope and Contents

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 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:

Helen MacInnes Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-65