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Le Fanu, Thomas Philip, 1858-1945
Thomas Philip Le Fanu Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of selected Irish theater related records of Thomas Philip Le Fanu, an official working in the Public Record Office in Dublin.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of selected papers of Thomas Philip Le Fanu. Included here are his files pertaining to censorship of the Irish stage: correspondence, reports, and material relating to his appearance as a witness before the Joint Select Committee of the House of Lords and the House of Commons on the Censorship of Stage Plays in 1909, where he explained how patents and the licensing of theaters worked in Ireland. There is correspondence (August-October 1909) with various officials, as well as a copy of the patent for the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, a list of theaters and music-halls for each provincial city, a summary of evidence, and a printed copy of the 1909 Report from the Joint Select Committee of the House of Lords and the House of Commons on the Stage Plays (Censorship).

Other files include notes, copies of documents, and correspondence (1910-1941) with Herbert Wood and others concerning the history of the Irish Privy Council; letters, notes, and printed matter on the occasion of the death of Queen Victoria in 1901; and miscellaneous notes, letters, printed matter on various Irish topics. There is also one letter of his father, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1868).


Arranged by subject.

Collection Creator Biography:

Le Fanu, Thomas Philip, 1858-1945

Le Fanu was born in Dublin in 1858, attended Trinity College, Cambridge, and then entered the Public Record Office, Dublin, in 1881. He later transferred to the Chief Secretary's Office, with a following appointment as Commissioner of Irish Public Works.

Collection History


This collection was purchased from Bernard Quaritch, Ltd. in 1999.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '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.

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:

Thomas Philip Le Fanu Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1