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Boyd, Julian P. (Julian Parks), 1903-1980
Julian P. Boyd Papers
Manuscripts Division
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-73


Consists of works, correspondence, documents, notes, photographs, and printed matter of Julian Boyd, Princeton University Librarian (1940-1952) and professor of history, and the founding editor of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson publishing project.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of works, correspondence, documents, notes, photographs, and printed matter of Boyd. The bulk of the collection consists of organizational or topic-oriented correspondence relating primarily to Boyd's positions as a member of the board of directors (1952-1962) of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation; president and member (1964-1969) of the American Historical Association, which formed the Joint Committee for the Defense of the Rights of Historians Under the First Amendment with the Organization of American Historians in response to the lawsuit of Helen C. Frick against Sylvester K. Stevens and his book Pennsylvania: Birthplace of a Nation ; and president (1973-1976) of the American Philosophical Society which sponsored the bicentennial celebrations in Philadelphia and the acquisition of the Battle Abbey and Battle of Hastings sites for return to the British nation.

Included are a typescript of Fundamental Laws and Constitutions of New Jersey, 1664-1964, and miscellaneous manuscripts, press releases, and reviews related to the publication of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson (1950-1980), both edited by Boyd, as well as articles, lectures, addresses, and book reviews primarily dealing with Thomas Jefferson. There are also papers, mainly correspondence, from other affiliations: as editor (1928-1930) of the Susquehanna Company Papers for the Wyoming Historical and Geological Society; director (1932-1934) of the New York State Historical Association; librarian for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; advisor to the Foundation Library Center, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, and the Hall of Fame; trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study; member of the National Portrait Gallery Commission; and member of various Pulitzer Prize juries.

General correspondence includes letters from fellow historians, librarians, editors, educators, and friends, such as L. H. Butterfield, editor of the Adams Papers, W. H. Ferry of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, James R. Wiggins, Oron J. Hale, Archibald MacLeish, Agnes Meyer, and Walter Muir Whitehall. In addition, there is correspondence with three presidents, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Harry S. Truman, as well as with Norman Thomas, Adlai E. Stevenson, Louis B. Wright, Philip M. Hamer, Whitfield J. Bell, and Felix Frankfurter.


Series: I. Writings--A. Books, B. Lectures, Speeches, Addresses, C. Articles, D. Book Reviews & Forewords, E. Miscellaneous; II. Correspondence--A. General, B. Organizational / Topical, C. Letters of Condolence on the Death of Julian P. Boyd, Jr. (1930-1943), D. Christmas Cards; III. Documents; IV. Photographs; V. Printed Matter--A. Works by Boyd, B. Works about Boyd, C. Gardening, D. Invitations, Programs, Etc., E. Travel, F. Miscellaneous, G. Newspaper Clippings; VI. Papers of Others.

Collection Creator Biography:

Boyd, Julian P. (Julian Parks), 1903-1980

Princeton University Librarian (1940-1952) and professor of history, Julian P. Boyd, was the founding editor of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson publishing project. He conceived the idea in 1943 while serving as the historian of the Thomas Jefferson Bicentennial Commission. Boyd held other influential positions in major American historical organizations and societies

Collection History


Gift of Mrs. Julian P. Boyd. Letters to Hale are a gift of Prof. Oron J. Hale. Letter to R.P. Harris is a gift of Charles Apfelbaum.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nurfadzilah Yahaya GS in 2011.

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:

Julian P. Boyd Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-73