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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 (mss): 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


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 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.

Credit this material:

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

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Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-3