Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Writings, 1892-1951

54 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series consists of the personal writings of Christian Gauss. It contains eight subseries. The first, Books, includes drafts, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and notes related to Gauss's books. The second, Diaries, includes daybooks and notebooks kept by Gauss. The third, Poetry, includes hand written and typed drafts of Gauss's poetry. The fourth, Book Reviews, includes hand written and typed drafts and printed copies of Gauss's book reviews, most of which were published. The fifth, Lectures, includes typed, annotated drafts and final copies of lectures delivered by Gauss while he was a lecturer at Princeton University. The sixth, Miscellaneous, includes various notes and fragments written by Gauss as Princeton University professor. The seventh, Published Articles, includes typed and annotated drafts of many of the articles Gauss published during his lifetime. The eighth, Speeches, includes handwritten and typed copies of speeches delivered by Gauss, primarily while he was Dean of the College.


The series is arranged in subseries by genre.

Collection History


No accruals are expected.


No appraisal information is available.


These papers were processed with a general operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Casey Babcock in June-July 2007. Finding aid written by Casey Babcock in July of 2007.

In 2022, restrictions on two Ernest Hemingway letters where researchers were required to use surrogates were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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 1: Writings; Christian Gauss Papers, C0310, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Materials

The Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library holds material related to Christian Gauss in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty Records and the Faculty Files.


Portions of the correspondence were reprinted in The Papers of Christian Gauss (New York: Random House, 1957), edited by Katherine Gauss Jackson and Hiram Haydn.

The Papers of Christian Gauss (New York: Random House, 1957), edited by Katherine Gauss Jackson and Hiram Haydn, and A Princeton Companion (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1978) were consulted during preparation of the biographical note.

American Association for a Democratic Germany
American Committee on Democracy and Intellectual Freedom
World Federalists, USA
Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association
Modern language association of America
Phi beta kappa
Princeton University
Princeton University. Dept. of Modern Languages
Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972.