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Steese, Edward
Edward Steese Papers
Manuscripts Division
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40 boxes and 19.5 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-40


Consists of papers of American architect and poet Edward Steese, including diaries, manuscripts, and architectural drawings.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of works, correspondence and related papers, architectural assignments, diaries (1915-1975), photographs, scrapbooks, miscellaneous papers, and newspaper clippings by Steese (Princeton Class of 1924). The works contain two autobiographical manuscripts, Reconstruction (1902-1920) and All in One Decade (1920-1930), a fictional work, The Two Anthonies, short stories, articles, essays, and two volumes of poetry, These Busy Years and Locked Doors (1984), compiled posthumously, as well as miscellaneous poems, including some written during his freshman year at Princeton (1920-1921). The collection includes drawings and photographs of his architectural projects, architectural notebooks, pencil sketches, blueprints, and the drawings for Steese's MFA degree (1927) from Princeton.


Series: I. Works; II. Correspondence and Related Papers--A. Chronological (1930-1969), B. Alphabetical, C. Subject Matter; III. Architectural Works; IV. Miscellaneous Papers; V. Clippings and Photographs; VI. Diaries and Scrapbooks; VII. Oversize Material.

Collection Creator Biography:

Steese, Edward

A graduate of Princeton University (Class of 1924), Edward Steese was an American architect and poet.

Collection 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

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

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:

Edward Steese Papers; 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 1-40