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Naumburg, Edward
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Selected Papers of Edward Naumburg
Manuscripts Division
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4 boxes and 1.5 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1-3; B-000775


Consists of correspondence, files relating to collecting interests, and miscellanea of the American stockbroker and manuscripts collector Edward Naumburg (Princeton Class of 1924).

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of selected correspondence of Naumburg (Princeton Class of 1924) as well as author files relating to his collecting interests. There is a substantial amount of correspondence (1949-1961) with Elmer Adler relating to the Graphic Arts Collection of the Princeton University Library, of which Adler was curator (1940-1952). Reports of the Collection (1949-1951), fundraising activities, and other related printed material are provided. Also present are letters by Francis Comstock, Aaron Copland, Lawrence Heyl, Arthur C. Holden, Kenneth H. Rockey, among others. Included are photographs of Thomas Wolfe and Asheville (N.C.) locales featured in Look Homeward, Angel, photographs of Joseph Conrad and his English residences, and an original, signed etching of the sailing ship named for him. A reprint of Naumburg's article "My Favorite Bookseller" ( Princeton University Library Chronicle, Vol. XLVIII, Number 2, Winter 1987), which describes his relationship with Alfred F. Goldsmith, is also included, as well as Goldsmith's original drawings which were used to illustrate the article. Furthermore, there is a small selection of correspondence regarding Naumburg's article "A Seventeenth Century Book-label Problem," together with two off-prints, and a related photograph.


The collection has been arranged alphabetically by author, with miscellaneous material located at the end.

Collection Creator Biography:


Edward Naumburg (1903-1995) was an American stockbroker, manuscripts collector, and member of the Princeton Class of 1924.

Collection History


Gift of the author. Assorted correspondence by Mary Hyde to Naumberg and folder containing material relating to "A Seventeenth Century..." were transferred from Graphic Arts. Material by Allen Tate transferred from Rare Books via Steve Ferguson.

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

This collection was processed by Karla J. Vecchia in 2004. Finding aid written by Karla J. Vecchia in 2004.

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:

Selected Papers of Edward Naumburg; 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 (scamss): Boxes 1-3; B-000775

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Related Materials

For additional correspondence between Naumburg and Elmer Adler, see the Elmer Adler Papers (C0262), Box 42.

Subject Terms:
Book collectors -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
Graphic arts -- Collectors and collecting -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- 20th century.
Genre Terms:
Princeton University. Library
Adler, Elmer, 1884-1962
Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924