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Gilder, Richard Watson, 1844-1909
Richard Watson Gilder Collection
Manuscripts Division
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3 boxes
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3


Richard Watson Gilder was a nineteenth century poet and editor. The collection consists of Gilder's letters to Maria Hornor Lansdale, one of Gilder's addresses, photographs, pamphlets, programs, and newspaper clippings.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists mainly of letters by Gilder to Maria Hornor Lansdale and includes autograph manuscripts of poems written or copied for Lansdale. In addition, there is an address by Gilder, "Literature as an Art for Service," given at Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, on Founder's Day, November 6, 1902, as well as some photographs, pamphlets, programs, and newspaper clippings.


Arranged in this order: letters to Maria Horton Lansdale, letters to Richard Watson Gilder, manuscripts of Gilder, inscribed pamphlets, materials relating to Gilder's life.

Collection Creator Biography:

Gilder, Richard Watson, 1844-1909

Gilder was an American poet and editor ( Scribner's Monthly, 1870-1881, and The Century, 1881-1909).

Collection History


Purchased from the estate of Maria Hornor Lansdale in 1946.


No appraisal information is available.

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:

Richard Watson Gilder Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3