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Gekle, William F. (William Francis)
William F. Gekle Collection of Arthur Machen
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of correspondence and miscellaneous material relating to the Welsh translator, novelist, and storywriter Arthur Machen (1863-1947) that was collected by the American businessman and author William Francis Gekle.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of correspondence of Gekle concerning his collection of Arthur Machen books and manuscripts. Included are letters by James Branch Cabell, August Derleth, Arthur Machen (four letters), Charles Parsons, Paul Seybolt, Vincent Starrett, Edwin Steffe, and Joseph Kelly Vodrey, as well as a separate section of Vodrey's correspondence. Also present are a few images of Machen (one photograph), bibliographies of his works, material on the Arthur Machen Society, reviews and publicity matter for Gekle's work Arthur Machen: Weaver of Fantasy (1949), a pamphlet entitled "A Machen Miscellany" (1957) by Gekle, and other miscellanea.

The following standard abbreviations, or their variations, are used to identify materials in this collection: ALS = autograph letter signed, TLS = typed letter signed, and ANS = autograph note signed.

Collection Creator Biography:

Gekle, William F. (William Francis)

William F. Gekle was an American businessman and author.

Collection History


Gift of William F. Gekle.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ran Tao in 2004. Finding aid written by Ran Tao 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.

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:

William F. Gekle Collection of Arthur Machen; 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): Box 1