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Maclay, Arthur Collins, 1853-1930
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Arthur Collins Maclay Papers
Manuscripts Division
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12 boxes and 2.8 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-12


Consists of works, correspondence, financial records, photographs (including tintypes), a map, glass lantern slides, and printed matter of American lawyer and Far East traveler Arthur Collins Maclay.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of works, correspondence, financial records, photographs (including tintypes), a map, and printed matter of Maclay. The collection contains an autograph and typed manuscript of his novel A Budget of Letters from Japan (1886), the autograph manuscript of an unpublished novel, The Kingdom of New York, and two autograph manuscripts of articles, "The Anti-Suffrage Case" and "A Few Leaves from a Globe Trotter's Diary" (1878). There is also correspondence between Maclay and his brother, Robert Hall Maclay, a merchant in Tientsin, China, in which Robert describes his life in Tientsin; and a a sixteen page autograph manuscript report by Robert Hall Maclay sent to Russell & Co., publishers in Shanghai, of his journey to Chihli, Honan and Shantung, China, written in Peking on Jan. 12, 1875. Also included are manuscripts of travel lectures on China and Japan delivered by Maclay with accompanying photographs used to illustrate the lectures and flyers to publicize them. In addition, there are statements of account of the Maclay brothers' estates. There is also a group of glass lantern slides and negatives with images of rural scenes, urban and industrial scenes, maps, buildings and landscapes, and portraits of people in Romania, Japan, India, China, and Italy.


Arranged in this order: manuscripts, correspondence, The Kingdom of New York, printed matter, lectures, photographs (in flat boxes nos. 4 & 5), and stereopticon slides.

Collection Creator Biography:

Maclay, Arthur Collins, 1853-1930

Arthur Collins Maclay was an American lawyer, lecturer on the Far East, and author.

Collection History


Gift of Elizabeth M. Trowbridge in 1976 and 1981.

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Alicia Corona '13 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:

Arthur Collins Maclay Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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