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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University Library Collection of Booth Tarkington Materials
Manuscripts Division
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Consists of an open collection of miscellaneous letters and memorabilia of American novelist and dramatist Booth Tarkington (1869-1946).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection contains miscellaneous letters and memorabilia of American novelist and dramatist Booth Tarkington (1869-1946). Tarkington was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Purdue University, and Princeton University. He won Pulitzer Prizes for his novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. Tarkington was also known for his books about adolescents, such as Penrod and Seventeen.

Included are letters to Grace Elliston, Robert Underwood Johnson, a "Mr. Gibson," a "Mr. Phillips," and a "Mrs. Dwight;" a drawing of a boy and a dog; a printed announcement for the production of the Country Cousin by Tarkington and Julian Street; and three photographs. Also present is a file of letters, 1938-1947, to Earle J. Bernheimer by Booth Tarkington, Susannah Tarkington, Elizabeth Trotter, Julian P. Boyd, and Julie Hudson related to "An Exhibition of Booth Tarkington's Works in the Treasure Room of the Princeton University Library" in March of 1946.


Arranged in order of acquisition.

Collection History


Letters to Wetherell are a gift of T.R. Ayres. Sketches and typescripts of "Fools Will Burn" and "The Secret..." are a gift of Mrs. David Laurance Chambers. Typescript of interview is a gift of Henry W. Bragdon. Script of "Rumbin Galleries" is a gift of Carl Brandt.

Copy of "The Turnell" is a gift of Joseph D. Dudley '27. Miscellaneous letters, manuscripts, photographs are a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Barton Currie. Letter from Tarkington to Hancock is a gift of Walker Hancock. 210 volumes are a gift of Mrs. Howard S. Fisher.

Letter to Mrs. Josephs is a gift of Mrs. Eugene S. Josephs. 146 Letters are a gift of Hugh M. Kahler '04. 19 letters are a gift of Mrs. Sidney Repplier. Letters and published works are a gift of C.E. Murray. Letter to Panofsky is a gift of Erwin Panofsky. 37 Letters and certificate of election are a gift of Mrs. Donald Jameson.

Misc. materials from the estate of Elizabeth Trotter are a gift of T.T. Newbold. Letter to Herb Roth is a gift of Robert Roth '50. Manuscript of "The Need of Money" is a gift of Robert A. Hart. Photograph of Tarkington is a gift of Mrs. James B. Wyman. Large addition is a gift of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Jameson '50. Letters to "Dear Phillips", "Dear Gibson" are a gift of Robert Van Valzah Jr.

Letters to the Burrages are a gift of Mildred G. Burrage. Archive of letters purchased from Freedom Bookshop in 1992. Letters to Irving Dilliard are a gift of Mary Sue Schusky.

Letter to Robert Underwood Johnson was a gift of Catharine B. Deely in November 2017 (AM 2018-48).

Custodial History

This is an open collection for the addition of miscellaneous, small accessions related to Booth Tarkington. It was begun with material previously placed in the Manuscripts Division's General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Hilde Creager '15 in 2012.

Finding aid updated by Kelly Bolding in November 2017.

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.

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:

Princeton University Library Collection of Booth Tarkington Materials; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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