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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:
  • This is stored in multiple locations.
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-5
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 6-12


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

Scope and Contents

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an autograph and typed manuscript of his novel A Budget of Letters from Japan (1886), the autograph manuscript of an unpublished novel, The Kingdom of New York, and two autograph manuscripts of articles, "The Anti-Suffrage Case" and "A Few Leaves from a Globe Trotter's Diary" (1878).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 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:

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

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • This is stored in multiple locations.
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-5
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 6-12