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Cottier, Hamilton, 1900-1979.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Hamilton Cottier Papers
Manuscripts Division
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17 boxes and 8 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-17


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

Scope and Contents

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.


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:

Cottier, Hamilton, 1900-1979.

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


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.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Feng Zhu '14 in 2012.

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:

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

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-17