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Thomas, Milton Halsey, 1903-1977
Milton Halsey Thomas Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1796-1977 (mostly 1930-1960)
47 boxes, 2 items, and 20.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
This is stored in multiple locations. ReCAP (rcpxm): Boxes 1-45; 47 Firestone Library (mss): Box 46


Consists of manuscripts, correspondence, documents, photographs, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous research material of librarian/archivist Milton Halsey Thomas, including research material for several of his historical publications.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, documents, photographs, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous research material of Thomas. Included are manuscripts, research material, and related correspondence for several of his publications: Bibliography of John Dewey (1929), John Dewey: A Centennial Bibliography (1962), Elias Boudinot's Journey to Boston in 1809 (1955), The Diary of George Templeton Strong, 1835-1875 (1952), and The Diary of Samuel Sewall, 1674-1729 (1973). There are manuscripts of articles about varius aspects of Columbia University history, genealogical material about John Jay, and research and collected original manuscript material regarding 19th-century American students in Göttingen, Germany, and the American scientist Amos Eaton.

Thomas's correspondence reflects the myriad interests of scholars and researchers he aided in his role as archivist as well as his own bibliographical interests. In addition, the collection contains personal and family photographs and documents, early scrapbooks, and a small collection of 18th-century autograph material collected by Thomas.

Collection Creator Biography:

Thomas, Milton Halsey, 1903-1977

Milton Halsey Thomas was a librarian, archivist (Columbia University, 1928-1959; Princeton University, 1959-1969), editor, and bibliographer.

Collection History

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:

Milton Halsey Thomas Papers; 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

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Existence and Location of Copies

Publications by Thomas: Bibliography of John Dewey (New York: Columbia University Press, 1929, 2nd ed., 1939), John Dewey: A Centennial Bibliography (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1962), Elias Boudinot's Journey to Boston in 1809 (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Library, 1955), The Diary of George Templeton Strong, 1835-1875 (New York: Macmillan, 1952), and The Diary of Samuel Sewall, 1674-1729 (New York: Farrar, Straus, 1973).

Subject Terms:
American diaries -- 18th century.
American diaries -- 19th century.
American students -- Foreign countries -- 19th century.
American students -- Germany -- Göttingen -- 19th century.
Archivists -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- 19th century.
Archivists -- New York (N.Y.) -- 20th century.
Genre Terms:
Bibliographies -- 20th century.
Correspondence -- 20th century
Drafts (preliminary versions) -- 20th century.
Columbia University.
Universität Göttingen
Boudinot, Elias, 1740-1821
Dewey, John, 1859-1952.
Eaton, Amos, 1776-1842
Jay, John, 1745-1829.
Sewell, Samuel, 1652-1730
Strong, George Templeton, 1820-1875