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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 3.04 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): 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

Scope and Contents

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 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:

Selected Papers of Edward Naumburg; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): 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 (1884-1962)
Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924