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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 (scarcpxm): 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

Scope and Contents

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 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:

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

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-9