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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 (scamss): 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

Scope and Contents

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 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:

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 (scamss): 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:
Photographs, Original.
Thorp, Willard, 1899-1990