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


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

Collection Description & Creator Information


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 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:

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

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-16