Contents and Arrangement Expanded View

Collection Overview

Creator:
Cottier, Hamilton, 1900-1979.
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Hamilton Cottier Papers
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/9k41zd56p
Dates:
1752-1977
Size:
17 boxes and 8 linear feet
Storage Note:
ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-17
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of correspondence, documents, photographs, account books (1925-1975), financial papers, and printed matter of Hamilton Cottier (Princeton Class of 1922, professor of English, 1925-1962), and material relating to "Southlawn," the home of his father, Alonzo Cottier, in Scarsdale, N.Y.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The collection consists of correspondence, documents, photographs, account books (1925-1975), financial papers, and printed matter of Cottier (Princeton Class of 1922, professor of English, 1925-1962), and material relating to "Southlawn," the home of his father, Alonzo Cottier, in Scarsdale, N.Y. The collection contains copies of correspondence (1969-1970) between Cottier and Laura Riding, the wife of Schuyler B. Jackson (Princeton Class of 1922, professor of English, 1925-1962), regarding a projected memorial for Jackson to appear in the Princeton Alumni Weekly and a small 19th-century autograph collection including letters by Angus McDonald, Robert Newell, and Millard Fillmore. Also included are 19th-century deeds and copies of several newspapers, Baltimor Patriot & Mercantile Advertiser (May 22, 1823), The Maryland News Sheet (March 6, 1862), and the Daily Dispatch (July 29 and September 10, 1856). The material about "Southlawn" includes photostats of architectural blueprints, photographs, magazine articles, and miscellaneous correspondence. Also includes a manuscript and printed material relating to Sir Walter Raleigh.

Arrangement:

Arranged in this order: account books (1925-1955) and other financial papers, miscellaneous papers of Hamilton Cottier, a collection of 19th-century letters, documents, and newspaper clippings; blueprints, photographs, and general material about "Southlawn," miscellaneous papers of Alonzo E. Cottier; and personal notebooks of Janet Cottier.

Collection Creator Biography:

Graduating from Princeton University in 1922, Hamilton Cottier went on to become a Rhodes scholar, a professor of literature (1925-1962) at Princeton, and a well-known collector of literary works. He was the first husband of author Ann Seton, the daughter of the author Ernest Seton Thompson.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Gift of Hamilton Cottier in 1979 (AM 80-34) and of Mrs. Hamilton Cottier in 1982 (AM 83-78). Additional correspondence found within Hamilton Cottier's library after his death was added to the collection in 2016 (AM 2017-34).

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.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Folder inventory added by Feng Zhu '14 in 2012.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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:

Hamilton Cottier Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/9k41zd56p
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184