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Pershing, Margaret Jane
Pershing Collection of Emily Dickinson
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 0.8 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2


Consists of material related to the collection of Emily Dickinson works compiled by Margaret Jane Pershing.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, photographs, documents, ephemera, and printed matter relating to Margaret Jane Pershing's collection of over 200 volumes of Emily Dickinson's works, which were donated to the Department of Rare Books in 1969. There is a significant amount of material relating to the Seven Gables Bookshop of New York City.


Arranged in this order: correspondence, photographs, documents, ephemera, and printed material.

Collection Creator Biography:

Pershing, Margaret Jane

Collector Margaret Jane Pershing presented her collection of Emily Dickinson to Princeton University Library in 1969. The collection (200+ volumes) is particularly rich in variant editions of the three series of poems (1890, 1891, 1896 in over 70 editions and variants), the letters, and all the 20th-century posthumous volumes. It is also rich in books and magazine articles about the life and work of Emily Dickinson. Also, together with these are creative works inspired by Emily Dickinson.

Collection History


Gift of Margaret Jane Pershing.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Gegory Kohles '2013 in 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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.

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:

Pershing Collection of Emily Dickinson; 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 1-2

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A complete catalogue of the Pershing collection of printed material was compiled at the time of the receipt of the gift: Robert S. Fraser. The Margaret Jane Pershing Collection of Emily Dickinson. Princeton: Princeton University Library, 1969. [(Ex) 3715.1.073 and (Holden) 3715.1.073]

Subject Terms:
Book collectors -- United States -- 20th century.
Poets, American -- 19th century.
Women poets, American -- 19th century.
Genre Terms:
Seven Gables Bookshop
Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886.