Contents and Arrangement

Subseries 1A: Books, 1972-1992

6 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Many of Dr. Thomas's book-length works are represented in the files. A completed, book form version of The Lives of a Cell (1974) and related correspondence, including fan mail, begin the book section. Correspondence for The Medusa and the Snail (1979), his second book, follows, arranged by date. Material for other titles includes: an appendix for and interviews related to The Youngest Science (1983); correspondence about Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony (1983); a word list, a final, typed draft, and fan mail for Et Cetera, Et Cete a: Notes of a Word Watcher (1990); and a spiral-bound publisher's copy of The Fragile Species (1992). Generalized correspondence with editors, publishers, from "notable" people, and relating to book translations follow, as well as chronological correspondence regarding his writings in general. Permissions granted by Dr. Thomas to reproduce his work conclude the book section of the series.


Material related to a specific book title have been gathered together, and the titles appear in chronological order.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jennifer Lindabury in 1993 . Finding aid written by Jennifer Lindabury at the end of 1993 .

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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:

Subseries 1A: Books; Lewis Thomas Papers, C0738, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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