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Stauffer, Donald A.
Selected Papers of Donald A. Stauffer
Manuscripts Division
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4 boxes and 1.5 linear feet
Storage Note:
ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-4


Consists of papers of the American literary critic and novelist Donald A. Stauffer (1902-1952, Princeton Class of 1923).

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection contains a typed, unpublished manuscript "Old Lovers' Ghosts," an autograph manuscript (4 pp.) entitled "My Anthology," and some personal papers of Stauffer (Princeton Class of 1923). "Old Lovers' Ghosts," is a study of ten English lovers, including Sir Kenelm Digby and Lady Venetia Stanley, John Evelyn and Margaret Blagge, Henry Cary and Elizabeth Tanfield, and Richard and Anne Fanshawes; and "My Anthology" contains amusing ink sketches and comments on Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Robert Browning, Alfred Tennyson, and Matthew Arnold. A small selection of miscellaneous material includes a few photographs of Stauffer, copies of his birth certificate, letters of recommendation written on his behalf to the United States Marine Corps, and a transcript of his academic record at Princeton. Stauffer's correspondence with his family documents his years as a student at Princeton University, experiences in Europe as a Rhodes Scholar, teaching at Princeton, and service as a Marine in the South Pacific during World War II. A scrapbook contains clippings related to Stauffer's books and correspondence to Stauffer from academics and writers, such as Jacques Barzun, Katherine Garrison Chapin, Harold Dodds, John Duffy, William Frost, Christian Gauss, Alfred Harbage, Emery Neff, Marjorie Nicolson, Charles Osgood, Henri Peyre, Mark Schorer, J. Duncan Spaeth, Edward Steese, Hugh Taylor, and Lionel Trilling. There is also a folder of correspondence by Carriella, possibly Stauffer's mother.


The collection has been arranged in the following order: manuscripts, miscellaneous materials, correspondence, scrapbook, and correspondence by Carriella.

Collection Creator Biography:

Stauffer, Donald A.

Donald A. Stauffer was an American literary critic and novelist. Born in Denver, Colorado, in 1902, he graduated from Princeton University in 1923. He traveled to England as a Rhodes Scholar and continued his studies at Oxford University, where he obtained a Ph.D. in 1928. He returned to Princeton as an instructor in the English Department, later serving as the chairman of the English department. He authored English Biography before 1700, The Art of Biography in Eighteenth Century England, The Nature of Poetry, The Golden Nightingale: Essays on Some Principles of Poetry in the Lyrics of William Butler Yeats, and Shakespeare's World of Images: The Development of His Moral Ideas. Stauffer died in 1952.

Collection History


Gift of Valmar Stauffer Thompson.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Karla J. Vecchia in 2002. Finding aid written by Karla J. Vecchia in 2002.

Biography written by Jessica Marati, '08.

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:

Selected Papers of Donald A. Stauffer; 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
Storage Note:
ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-4

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