Contents and Arrangement

Letters to Valley Forge Military Academy alumni, 1984 December

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of papers of Hamilton used in preparation of his biography J. D. Salinger: A Writing Life, which was never published as a result of judicial decisions in the case of J. D. Salinger vs. Random House and Ian Hamilton (1987). Included are manuscript notes, drafts, and extracts of letters for the book, correspondence of Hamilton with alumni of schools attended by Salinger, Valley Forge Military Academy (Class of 1936) and Ursinus College, and copies from various institutions of Salinger correspondence (1934-1973). There are also legal briefs and depositions form the suit by brought Salinger, who sought to prevent Hamilton from quoting or closely paraphrasing his unpublished letters because such use infringed upon "fair use" as defined by the laws of copyright. Also present are uncorrected proof copies of the New York and London editions of J. D. Salinger: A Writing Life (1986) and copies of related newspaper clippings.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication 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 Special Collections 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:

Letters to Valley Forge Military Academy alumni; Ian Hamilton Working Papers for J. D. Salinger: A Writing Life, C0714, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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