Contents and Arrangement

Series 3: Papers of Henry Van Dyke, Jr, 1852-1933

121 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Henry Van Dyke, Jr., was the first son of Henry Jackson Van Dyke, Sr., and a member of the Princeton Class of 1873, as well as a poet, author, minister, professor, diplomat, and fisherman. His papers include thousands of letters, often with carbons of Van Dyke's replies, that document the literary, religious, and political life of which he was a part. Many notable names in American literature represent the extent and variety of his correspondence, such as Mark Twain, William Dean Howells, Lyman Abbott, Struthers Burt, Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, Hamlin Garland, Robert Underwood Johnson, James Whitcomb Riley, Lord Tennyson, and numerous others. His Princeton connections are fully recorded-from his early days as a student, then a Murray Professor of English Literature, and later as an annual lecturer-with letters from James McCosh, John Grier Hibben, Francis L. Patton, Allan Marquand, and Woodrow Wilson. There is also a large file of correspondence written while he was Minister to the Netherlands and Luxembourg at the Hague, 1913-1917. As pastor of the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York (1883-1899), chaplain for the U.S. Navy, and moderator of the General Assembly, he became a religious leader with a far-reaching influence. He maintained correspondence with clergymen, presidents, nobility, fellow anglers, school children, family, friends, and strangers. Some examples are John E. Parsons, W. G. T. Shedd, Grover Cleveland, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lord Bryce, Jules Jusserand, Helen Keller, R. B. Marston, Ernest Thompson Seton, Andrew Carnegie, J. P. K. Bryan, and Henry Jackson Van Dyke.

Also contained in this series are many manuscripts, mostly holograph, of Van Dyke's larger works, such as Companionable Books, Fighting for Peace, and The Spirit of America; over 300 shorter works, including "The Birth, Infancy, and Childhood of Jesus Christ" and "A Single Star Mind: An Appreciation of Woodrow Wilson;" and other articles, interviews, introductions, memorials, reviews, sermons, speeches, verse, and early writings. There are also scrapbooks (1868-1933); photographs; documents, with genealogical material; memorabilia; printed matter; papers of others, which includes Mollie Gillie's thesis on the "Literary Works of Dr. Henry Van Dyke;" and memorials to Van Dyke upon his death.


This series is arranged into eight subseries: Works, Correspondence, Journals, Photographs, Documents, Memorabilia, Printed Matter, Papers of Persons Other than Henry Van Dyke, Jr.

Collection History


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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:

Series 3: Papers of Henry Van Dyke, Jr; Henry Van Dyke Family Papers, C0276, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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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).

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