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Van Dyke, Henry, 1852-1933
Henry Van Dyke Family Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1694-1963 (mostly 1840-1959)
179 boxes and 75.9 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1-178; 160A


The Henry Van Dyke Family Papers consists of papers of three generations of the prominent Van Dyke family of New York and Princeton, beginning with Henry Jackson Van Dyke (1822-1891) and his wife, Henrietta [Ashmead] Van Dyke (1820-1893), followed by their children, Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933) and Paul Van Dyke (1859-1933), and ending with Henry van Dyke's son Tertius Van Dyke (1886-1958).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The Henry Van Dyke Family Papers consists of papers of three generations of the prominent Van Dyke family of New York and Princeton, beginning with Henry Jackson Van Dyke (1822-1891) and his wife, Henrietta [Ashmead] Van Dyke (1820-1893), followed by their children, Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933) and Paul Van Dyke (1859-1933), and ending with Henry Van Dyke's son Tertius Van Dyke (1886-1958). Writings, correspondence, journals, and printed matter of Henry Van Dyke, Jr., constitute most of the collection, but there are also photographs, documents, receipts, memorabilia, newspapers clippings, and miscellanea.

Collection Creator Biography:

Van Dyke, Henry, 1852-1933

Presbyterian clergyman, poet, minister to the Netherlands, and longtime Princeton professor (1899-1913, 1919-1923) of English literature, Henry Van Dyke is perhaps best remembered for his Christmas story The Story Of The Other Wise Man (1896).

Collection History


Many of Henry Jackson Van Dyke's papers came from the archives of Spencer Memorial Church, Brooklyn, New York. (Most were lost in a fire in 1891). Henry Van Dyke's lifetime accumulation of papers were presented to the library by his executors, Tertius Van Dyke, Struthers Burt, and John H. Finley. Additional material was given by Mrs. Tertius (Elizabeth Cannon) Van Dyke, as well as various other gifts and purchases.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Barbara Volz in 2003. Finding aid written by Barbara Volz in 2003.

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:

Henry Van Dyke Family Papers; 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): Boxes 1-178; 160A

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Existence and Location of Copies

Some of the manuscripts and notes found in draft form in the collection came to print in the following publications: 1) by Henry Van Dyke, Jr.: Camp-fires and Guide-posts (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1921), Companionable Books (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1922), Days Off (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1907), Fighting for Peace (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1917), The Golden Key (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926), Gratitude (New York: E. P. Dutton & Co. Inc., 1930.), Half-told Tales (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925), The House of Rimmon (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1908), Light My Candle (New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1926), The Story of the Other Wise Man (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1899), Out of Doors in the Holy Land (New York: Arno Press, 1908), The Spirit of America (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1910), The Toiling of Felix (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1900), The Travel Diary of an Angler (New York: The Derrydale Press, 1929), The Unknown Quantity (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1920), and The Valley of Vision (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1919); 2) by Paul Van Dyke: Caterine de Medicis, Queen of France (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1922); 3) by Tertius Van Dyke: Henry Van Dyke: A Biography (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1935).

Subject Terms:
Ambassadors -- United States -- 20th century.
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Christian literature, American -- 20th century.
Christian poetry, American -- 20th century.
Clergy -- United States -- 19th century.
Clergy -- United States -- 20th century.
Diplomatic and consular service, American -- Netherlands -- 20th century.
Fathers and sons -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- 20th century.
Fathers and sons -- New York (State) -- New York -- 19th century.
Literature -- History and criticism.
Poets, American -- 20th century.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Diplomatic history.
Genre Terms:
Family papers.
Sermons, American.
College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.). Class of 1873.
First Presbyterian Church (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
Brick Presbyterian Church (New York, N.Y.)
League to Enforce Peace (U.S.)
Presbyterian church in the U.S.A.
Princeton University
Catherine de Médicis, Queen, consort of Henry II, King of France, 1519-1589
Van Dyke, Henrietta, 1820-1896
Van Dyke, Henry J. (Henry Jackson), 1822-1891
Van Dyke, Paul, 1859-1933
Van Dyke, Tertius, 1886-1958