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Wade, Ira O., 1896-1983
Ira Owen Wade Collection
Manuscripts Division
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13 boxes
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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-13


Ira Owen Wade (Princeton Class of 1924) was a professor of French in Princeton's Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. His collection consists of typescript of his writings on Voltaire, professional correspondence, research notes, and some student work.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of works, correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous material of Wade (Princeton Class of 1924, professor of French). The collection contains typescripts, carbons, and galley proofs of four books -- Studies in Voltaire (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1947), Voltaire's Micromegas (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1950), Voltaire and Candide (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1959), Intellectual Origins of the French Enlightenment (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1971) -- as well as articles, reports to Princeton's Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and lecture notes. The bulk of the correspondence is professional, including a letter by Albert Camus, but there is some personal correspondence as well. There are also photographs of Wade and others, research notes in English and French, and photostats of miscellaneous material. In addition, the collection contains some undergraduate papers, graduate dissertations, and papers sent to Wade by former students requesting critical comments.


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

Collection Creator Biography:

Wade, Ira O., 1896-1983

Ira Owen Wade (Princeton Class of 1924) was a professor of French in Princeton's Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

Collection History


Gift of the 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 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:

Ira Owen Wade Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-13