Contents and Arrangement Expanded View

Collection Overview

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


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

Collection Description & Creator Information


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 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:

Edward Steese Papers; 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 1-40