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Spaeth, J. Duncan
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
J. Duncan Spaeth Collection
Manuscripts Division
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11 boxes
Storage Note:
ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-11


Consists of works, correspondence, diaries, photographs, scrapbooks, and printed matter of J. Duncan Spaeth, a preceptor (1905-1911) and professor of English (1911-1935) at Princeton.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of Spaeth's works, correspondence, diaries, photographs, scrapbooks, and printed matter. His works--notes, outlines and lectures for English courses at Princeton, addresses on educational, literary, and scholarly topics, and poetry--comprise the great bulk of the collection, but it also includes professional and personal correspondence as well as several diaries and copybooks (1938-1952) containing notes on summer reading, thoughts on his trip to Germany (1938), and comments on the international situation prior to World War II. In addition, there are photographs, including one of John Ruskin, scrapbooks, offprints of articles written by Spaeth, other printed material, souvenir programs, and newspaper clippings.


This is an unprocessed collection and remains in its original arrangement.

Collection Creator Biography:

Spaeth, J. Duncan

J. Duncan Spaeth was a preceptor (1905-1911) and professor of English (1911-1935) at Princeton. He served as the president of the University of Kansas City (Mo.) from 1935 to 1938.

Collection History


Gift of Mrs. John de Martelly

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This is an unprocessed collection. The contents list provided is a preliminary inventory.

The collection inventory was created by Michael Heist in August 2007.

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:

J. Duncan Spaeth 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:
ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-11