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McClure, Grace L. J. (Grace Latimer Jones), 1879-1957
Grace L. J. McClure Papers
Manuscripts Division
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5 boxes
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Boxes B-001211 to B-001215


Consists of the selected writings and correspondence of American educator and writer, Grace Latimer Jones McClure. Materials primarily relate to her unpublished book, A Clippership Honeymoon, which centers around the diaries of Malvina "Mallie" McClure, the wife of a mid-19th century New England sea captain.

Collection Description & Creator Information


This collection primarily consists of materials related to American educator and writer Grace Latimer Jones McClure's unpublished book, A Clippership Honeymoon. They include research notes, annotated drafts, typescripts, and correspondence related to the editing of the book and McClure's efforts to have it published. Also included is the original source material - nine diaries written from 1850-1862 by Charles F.W. McClure's aunt, Malvina "Mallie" McClure, that document her early life in mid-19th century Cambridge and her travels as the wife of sea captain, Seth Williams. Several volumes of these diaries document their honeymoon voyage on his clipper ship Gem of the Ocean.

The collection also includes correspondence related to her position as the headmistress of the Columbus School for Girls, and as an active member of the Princeton University community in Princeton, New Jersey.

In addition, two diaries from Malvina's mother and Charles F.W. McClure's grandmother, Mary McClure, are included.

Collection Creator Biography:

McClure, Grace L. J. (Grace Latimer Jones), 1879-1957

Grace Latimer Jones McClure was an American educator and writer. McClure was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1879. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1900, and studied philosophy at The Ohio State University. In 1904 she became a teacher at the Columbus School for Girls in Columbus, Ohio where she taught English and Italian art, eventually serving as the headmistress of the school from 1926 through 1938. In 1921, she married Charles F.W. McClure, Professor of Biology at Princeton University.

Collection History


Gift of Professor E.D.H Johnson in 1972 and in 1974 (AM 21529)


No materials were removed from the collection during 2018 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information

The collection inventory was originally created by Michael Heist in August 2007.

Collection was processed by Sara Rogers in August 2018. Finding aid written by Sara Rogers in August 2018.

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.

Credit this material:

Grace L. J. McClure Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Boxes B-001211 to B-001215