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Peters, Erskine
Erskine Peters Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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1977-1997 (mostly 1980-1989)
2 boxes and 0.8 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2


Consists of approximately 170 letters received by American Afro-American studies professor Erskine Peters.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of approximately 170 letters received by Peters. Included are letters from friends, fellow educators, authors, poets, playwrights, black activists, and prison inmates, such as Angela Davis, Carlos Baker, Wolfgang Binder, Frances Foster, Leon Chai, Doris Davenport, Jim Haynes, Adrienne Kennedy, Alice Walker, and Richard Yarborough.


Arranged alphabetically.

Collection Creator Biography:

Peters, Erskine

Erskine Peters was a professor of English and Afro-American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Notre Dame.

Collection History


Gift of Susie J. Stevens.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Feng Zhu '2014 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:

Erskine Peters Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2