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Hamilton, Sinclair
Sinclair Hamilton Papers
Manuscripts Division
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7 boxes and 6.65 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-7


Consists of a manuscript and correspondence of Sinclair Hamilton (Princeton Class of 1906).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a manuscript and correspondence of Hamilton (Princeton Class of 1906). The collection contains the typescript, notes, and proofs of his Early American Book Illustrators and Wood Engravers, 1670-1870 (1950), a catalog of the Sinclair Hamilton Collection of American Illustrated Books, illustrated, for the most part, with woodcuts and engravings, which is housed in the Princeton University Library. There is also correspondence with libraries, museums, bookshops, and dealers concerning the acquisition of books for his collection and its transfer to the library.

Collection Creator Biography:

Hamilton, Sinclair

Sinclair Hamilton (Princeton Class of 1906) established the Sinclair Hamilton Collection of American Illustrated Books which is housed in the Princeton University Library.

Collection History


Gift of Sinclair Hamilton in 1959 (AM 16436, AM 16461). Additions were a gift of Sinclair Hitchings in 2014 (AM 2015-5).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This contents list was created by Jerome Jackson in June 2010.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research/

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:

Sinclair Hamilton Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-7