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Collection Overview

Forrest, Edwin, 1806-1872
Edwin Forrest Letters to James Oakes
Manuscripts Division
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1849-1872 (mostly 1860-1871)
1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists of 178 letters by American actor Edwin Forrest to his friend James Oakes.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of 178 letters by Forrest to his friend James Oakes. The letters are posted from Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, and other cities, and discuss personal and theatrical matters. One letter of 1849 concerns the Astor Place riot in New York, caused by the rivalrly between Forrest and the English actor William Macready. There is one letter (1869) by James Oakes to Forrest.


The letters are arranged chronologically.

Collection Creator Biography:

Forrest, Edwin, 1806-1872

Edwin Forrest was an American actor.

Collection History


Purchased from John Francis Myers (AM16059).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

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:

Edwin Forrest Letters to James Oakes; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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