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Boyd, James, 1888-1944
James Boyd Papers
Manuscripts Division
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16 boxes
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-16


Consists of manuscripts of novels, articles, stories, and verse by the American historical writer James Boyd.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of manuscripts and galleys for four published novels by Boyd-- Drums (1925), about the American Revolution, Long Hunt (1930) and Bitter Creek (1939), about the American frontier, and Roll River (1935), set in his native Harrisburg, Pa.--as well as autograph and typed manuscripts for many articles, short stories, and verse. Also includes miscellaneous correspondence.


Manuscripts arranged as follows: Boxes 1-5, Bitter Creek; Boxes 6-7, Drums; Box 8, Long Hunt; Boxes 9-12, Roll River; Boxes 13-15, miscellaneous correspondence, articles, short stories, and verse; Carton, card files.

Collection Creator Biography:

Boyd, James, 1888-1944

In 1940, American novelist James Boyd (Princeton Class of 1910) organized the Free Company of Players, a group of American writers that produced a series of original radio plays in response to what they saw as antidemocratic attitudes prevalent in America due to the growing war in Europe.

Collection History


Batak manuscript is a gift of the New York Times Company. Novel manuscripts are a gift of Katharine Boyd.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager '2015 in 2012.

Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager '2015 in 2012.

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:

James Boyd Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-16