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Garrett, Robert, b. 1875
Princeton University Library Collection of Robert Garrett Materials
Manuscripts Division
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1901-1992 (mostly 1920-1945)
4 boxes and 2.3 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-4
English Arabic


The Robert Garrett Papers consists of correspondence and documents primarily concerning the Robert Garrett Collection and other collecting interests of Garrett, Princeton Class of 1897.

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists of correspondence, financial material, and printed matter of Garrett (Princeton Class of 1897). The collection contains correspondence between Garrett and Ernest Cushing Richardson, Harry Clemons, and James Thayer Gerould of the Princeton University Library regarding his gift (1942) of mainly Islamic books and manuscripts; correspondence, invoices, and lists of purchases from manuscripts dealers, including Bernard Quaritch, Ltd.; correspondence with William Gates concerning the Mesoamerican Manuscripts Collection; correspondence concerning the University Committee on Humanistic Collections; and offprints of articles about the Garrett Collection. Additional correspondence (1941-1942) of Robert Garrett with Philip K. Hitti, A. S. Yahuda, Harold W. Dodds, and Julian P. Boyd concerns the Yahuda Collection of Islamic Manuscripts.

In addition, there is a folder of Garrett correspondence with R. E. Brunnow, E. C. Richardson, and others, concerning the acquisition of Babylonian clay tablets (1911-1945). Additional provenance files are housed at the end of the collection.


The collection has been arranged chronologically by subject.

Collection Creator Biography:

Garrett, Robert, b. 1875

Robert Garrett (1875-1961) of Baltimore, Maryland, a member of the Princeton Class of 1897, was an American banker and philanthropist. Garrett was also an Olympic athlete (the first modern Olympic champion in shot put and discus throw), a Princeton Charter Trustee, and a collector of manuscripts.

Collection History


Gift of Robert Garrett, Mrs. Emanuel Petitpas, and Josephine Petitpas. Additions transferred from James Weinberger Near East Collections.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Teresa T. Basler in 2003. Finding aid written by Teresa T. Basler in 2003.

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:

Princeton University Library Collection of Robert Garrett Materials; 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:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-4

Find More


Dodds, Harold W. "The Garrett Collection of Manuscripts: Acceptance of the Collection by President Dodds," Princeton University Library Chronicle 3, no. 4 (June 1942), pp. 113-130. (this issue also contains articles about other aspects of the Garrett Collection). Garrett, Robert. "Recollections of a Collector," Princeton University Library Chronicle 10, no. 3 (April 1949) Skemer, Don C. "The Garrett Collection Revisited," Princeton University Library Chronicle 56, no. 3, pp. 420-28. William, Harold A. Robert Garrett & Sons Incorporated: Origins and Development, 1840-1965. Baltimore: n.p., 1965.

Subject Terms:
Book collecting -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- 20th century.
Book collectors -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Librarians -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Manuscripts, Arabic -- Collectors and collecting -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- 20th century.
Rare books -- Collectors and collecting -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- 20th century.
Genre Terms:
Princeton University.
Clemons, Harry, 1879-1968
Gerould, James Thayer, 1872-1951
Richardson, Ernest Cushing, 1860-1939