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Creator:
Walker, James P. (James Perkins), 1829-1868
Title:
James P. Walker Papers
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/s1784k75c
Dates:
1850-1886
Size:
6 boxes and 3.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-6
Language:
English

Abstract

James P. Walker was an American publisher, author, and co-founder of Walker, Wise, and Co. (circa 1860). His papers contain sermons, autobiographical notes, a diary, commonplace books, photographs, a scrapbook, memorabilia, and printed matter, with the bulk of the material comprised of personal and professional correspondence, much of it covering the period of the Civil War.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Contains sermons, autobiographical notes, a diary, commonplace books, photographs, a scrapbook, memorabilia, and printed matter of Walker, with the bulk of the material comprised of personal and professional correspondence, much of it covering the period of the Civil War. Most of the correspondence consists of letters between Walker and his mother (when Walker was at Harvard), Mary A. Walker, his sister, Mollie, and his wife, Mary, as well as letters from his brother, William Augustus Walker, who was killed in the Civil War, and other family members. As a founding partner in the Boston publishing firm of Walker, Wise, and Company, Walker corresponded with many of the intellectual and literary leaders of the day, such as William Cullen Bryant, William Lloyd Garrison, Julia Ward Howe, Harriet Martineau, Charles Eliot Norton, and Henry James, father of Henry and William James. His firm was also associated with the American Unitarian Association, and the correspondence reflects the publishers' commitment to publish the most liberal Unitarian clergyman and writers of the day, such as James Freeman Clarke, Orville Dewey, Octavius B. Frothingham, and Edward Everett Hale.

In addition, there are manuscripts of Walker's children's sermons delivered as a Unitarian Church lay preacher, photographs of Walker and William Augustus Walker, commonplace books in which he listed books read, plays and concerts attended, and libraries and museums visited, and a scrapbook collection of his writings for the press.

Collection Creator Biography:

Walker, James P. (James Perkins), 1829-1868

Walker was an American publisher, author, and co-founder of Walker, Wise, and Co. (circa 1860).

Collection History

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2004. Finding aid written in 2004.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

James P. Walker Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/s1784k75c
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-6