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Melville, Herman, 1819-1891.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Herman Melville Collection
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 0.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-2


Consists of copies of letters by American author Herman Melville that were used by Willard Thorp in his selection of Melville's writings published as Representative Selections (1938), as well as other material about Melville.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of photostats of letters by Herman Melville used by Willard Thorp in his selection of Melville's writings published as Representative Selections (1938), as well as photographs of Melville and his family, and printed matter about Melville and his works, including magazine articles, movie adaptations and stage versions, comic books, pamphlets, reprints, material on centennial celebrations, and book jackets.



Collection Creator Biography:

Melville, Herman, 1819-1891.

Herman Melville was an American novelist and storywriter. Not financially successful from his writings, he held the position of customs inspector for the City of New York for nineteen years. Moby-Dick, or The Whale, published in 1851, is today considered one of the masterpieces of American and world literature.

Collection History

Processing Information

Container list prepared by Allyse Terrell '14 in 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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:

Herman Melville Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-2

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Existence and Location of Copies

Publications: Representative Selections, with Introduction, Bibliography and Notes by Willard Thorp (New York: American Book Co., 1938).

Subject Terms:
Novelists, American -- 19th century.
Genre Terms:
Thorp, Willard, 1899-1990