Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Writings, 1933-1963

7 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of Hinks's diaries (and typed transcriptions of them), drafts of John Goldsmith's edited version of them which was published as The Gymnasium of the Mind, and several folders of notes on "Sacred and Profane Love," "The Antique," and miscellaneous other topics. The diaries are arranged chronologically and numbered consecutively, though there are some missing numbers: 1 (except a note), 24, 25, 42-46.


This series is arranged into three subseries: Diaries, Manuscripts, and Notes.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

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.

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:

Series 1: Writings; Roger Hinks Papers, C0369, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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The brief biographical note on Hinks is taken from the "Prologue" of The Gymnasium of the Mind: The Journals of Roger Hinks, 1933-1963, edited by John Goldsmith (Salisbury, Wiltshire: M. Russell, 1984).