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Collection Overview

Creator:
Motter, T. H. Vail
Title:
T. H. Vail Motter Papers
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/707957699
Dates:
1901-1970 (mostly 1912-1969)
Size:
10 boxes and 7.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-10
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of manuscripts and correspondence reflecting the historical and literary interests of American military historian T. H. Vail Motter (Princeton Class of 1922).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The collection consists of manuscripts and correspondence reflecting the historical and literary interests of Motter (Princeton Class of 1922), including drafts, notes, and relevant correspondence for his book The Persian Corridor and Aid to Russia (1952); drafts, notes, and correspondence with Bernard Baruch, Henry W. Bragdon, Charles G. Osgood, William M. Sloane, and others relating to the editing of Woodrow Wilson's book Leaders of Men (1952); and other notes and articles about Woodrow Wilson.

Also present are drafts, notes, illustrations, relevant correspondence, and reviews of The School Drama in England (1929); scripts for a play, Heaven on Friday (1930); articles and notes on Victorian poetry, and a great deal of material used in the preparation of The Writings of Arthur Hallam (1943), collected and edited by Motter. Hallam (1811-1833) was a poet and close friend of Alfred Tennyson. Motter's papers include transcripts and copies of Hallam's poems and letters, bibliographies, articles, reviews, and correspondence on Hallam and Tennyson subjects.

In addition, there are letters by Edith Bolling Wilson, Motter's cousin, to Motter, Mrs. Murray Galt Motter, and Margaret Motter, and letters from Edith Hamilton and Doris Fielding Reid to Motter.

A later accession includes additional correspondence of Vail Motter, along with drafts, outlines, and notes for his various writings, published books, books, reviews, plays, and poetry.

Collection Creator Biography:

Motter, T. H. Vail

T. H. Vail Motter (Princeton Class of 1922) received a Ph.D. from Yale University and spent two years in the Middle East during World War II, prior to serving as Chief of Middle East Section, Office of the Chief of Military History.


Motter, T. H. Vail

T. H. Vail Motter (Princeton Class of 1922) received a Ph.D. from Yale University and spent two years in the Middle East during World War II, prior to serving as Chief of Middle East Section, Office of the Chief of Military History.

Collection History

Acquisition:

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. A later 2014 accession was a gift of Dickinson College (AM 2015-22).

Appraisal

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Alex Rodgers '2013 in 2011. Inventory for 2014 accession added by Kristine Gift.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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:

T. H. Vail Motter Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/707957699
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-10

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Existence and Location of Copies

Publications: The School Drama in England (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1929); Heaven on Friday, A Fantasy in Three Scenes (New York: Longmans, Green & Co., 1930); The Writings of Arthur Hallam (New York: Modern Language Association of America, Oxford University Press, 1943), collected and edited by Motter; The Persian Corridor and Aid to Russia (Washington: Dept. of the Army, 1952); Leaders of Men by Woodrow Wilson (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1952), edited by Motter.

Subject Terms:
College and school drama, English -- 19th century.
Economic assistance, American -- Soviet Union -- 20th century.
English poetry -- 19th century.
Leadership.
Poets, English -- 19th century.
Presidents -- United States -- 20th century.
Presidents' wives -- United States -- 20th century.
Theater -- England -- 19th century
World War, 1939-1945 -- Iran.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Soviet Union.
Names:
Hallam, Arthur Henry, 1811-1833
Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron, 1809-1892.
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.
Places:
Persian Gulf Region.