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Elmer, Robert P. (Robert Potter), 1877-1951.
Archery Papers of Robert P. Elmer
Manuscripts Division
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21 boxes and 9.1 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-21


Consists of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and printed matter of Archery Hall of Fame member Robert P. Elmer (Princeton Class of 1899) related to archery.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and printed matter of Elmer (Princeton Class of 1899). The collection contains manuscripts of two books, Archery (1939) and Arab Archery (1945)--the latter of which was translated from a 1500 A.D. manuscript by Nabih Amin Faris and edited by Elmer--and various articles about archery. The correspondence includes letters about the United Bowmen of Philadelphia, an archery club, as well as general correspondence with friends and associates relating to archery. In addition, there is a bound, typed manuscript of an "Account of the Annual Shooting for the Antient Shooting Arrow, Commonly called the Scorton Arrow from 1673-1906" sent to Elmer by Capet Pownall, a fellow archer in England.

Collection Creator Biography:

Elmer, Robert P. (Robert Potter), 1877-1951.

A graduate of Princeton University (1899), Robert P. Elmer was an American archery champion who authored a number of books on the sport. In 1973 he was inducted into the Archery Hall of Fame in Springfield, Missouri.

Collection History


Gift of Mrs. Robert P. Elmer.

AM 14817


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.

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:

Archery Papers of Robert P. Elmer; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-21

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Existence and Location of Copies

Publications: Archery (Philadelphia, Pa.: The Pennsylvania Publishing Co., 1926); Nabih Amin Faris' translation and Elmer's edition of Arab Archery (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1945)

Subject Terms:
Archery -- Arabian Peninsula -- 16th century.
Archery -- Great Britain.
Archery -- United States -- 20th century.
Bow and arrow.
Genre Terms:
Archers -- United States.
Manuscripts -- 20th century.
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
photographs -- 20th century.