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Harper, George McLean, 1863-1947
George McLean Harper Papers
Manuscripts Division
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9 boxes and 4.4 linear feet
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ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-9


George McLean Harper was a writer and educator in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The collection consists of papers and manuscripts concerning two of Harper's books William Wordsworth, His Life, Works, and Influence (1916) and Wordsworth's French Daughter (1921). There are also papers relating to Harper's poems, stories, articles and speeches, as well as some correspondence.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists primarily of papers related to critical work by Harper (Princeton Class of 1884) on the English poet William Wordsworth: the holograph manuscript of Harper's William Wordsworth: His Life, Works, and Influence (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1916), with reviews of the book; letters and documents concerning his book Wordsworth's French Daughter (1921); letters to Harper by Emile Legouis, the French Wordsworth scholar, and by Gordon Wordsworth, grandson of the poet; and offprints of articles about Wordsworth. In addition, there are manuscripts for some of Harper's poems, stories, articles, and speeches; many letters (1907-1935) to his sister, Mary Harper McCreary, from England and France, including many written during World War I; and letters by Woodrow Wilson, a long-time friend and colleague, Booth Tarkington, and Thomas Hardy. Also included is a poem about Sacco and Vanzetti.

Collection Creator Biography:

Harper, George McLean, 1863-1947

American educator and author, Harper taught at Princeton from 1889 to 1932.

Collection History


Gift of the Nancy Harper McCreary and Mrs. George M. Harper. Additions are a gift of Prof. Carlos Baker.


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:

George McLean Harper Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
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ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-9