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Prentice, William Kelly, 1871-1964
William Kelly Prentice Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1797-1965 (mostly 1900-1955)
7 boxes
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-7


Consists of works, correspondence, and documents of William Kelly Prentice, a Greek scholar and authority on classical inscriptions, as well as selected papers of his father and various other family members.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of works, correspondence, and documents of Prentice, as well as selected papers of his father and various other family members. Included in the papers are approximately 65 manuscripts and printed articles and lectures by Prentice, mainly on classical topics or his association with Princeton and the Class of 1892; family and academic correspondence with Thomas Seymour, John Foster Dulles, Howard Crosby, Max Farrand, William Kelly, W. Parmalee Prentice, William Packer Prentice, Henry Fairfield Osborn, Woodrow Wilson, and others; personal documents; and biographical and genealogical records.

Papers of William Packer Prentice include lectures and printed articles; some correspondence; journals, 1849-1915; personal documents; letters received by him and O. M. Mitchell during the Civil War; and other Civil War documents. Also present are family papers, including photographs, Prentice family correspondence (1852-1965), a small file of Hutton family correspondence (1830-1841), and a number of printed writings by various family members, including a typed copy of a diary by Jemima Parmalee Prentice of a pioneer journey (1816) from New Hampshire to New York, "Recollections" by Ezra Parmalee Prentice, "Mount Hope" by E. Parmalee Prentice, and articles and documents of Robert and William Kelly.

Collection Creator Biography:

Prentice, William Kelly, 1871-1964

William Kelly Prentice was a Greek scholar and authority on classical inscriptions. A member of the Princeton Class of 1892, he was an instructor (1892-1893) at the Lawrenceville School, N.J., before becoming a member of the Princeton University faculty in 1894 as an instructor in Greek. He retired from Princeton in 1940 as Ewing Professor of Greek Languages and Literature. Prentice participated in archaeological expeditions to Syria, served in World War I, and was the author of several books.

Collection History


Transferred from P.U. Archives in Mudd Library in 1996.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2002. Finding aid written in 2002.

In 2022, restrictions on the Abraham Lincoln certificate where researchers were required to use surrogates were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication 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 Special Collections 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:

William Kelly Prentice Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-7