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Oates, Whitney J. (Whitney Jennings), 1904-1973
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Whitney Jennings Oates Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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7 boxes and 2.8 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-7


Consists primarily of correspondence of Whitney Jennings Oates (Princeton Class of 1925) during his tenure as a professor of Classics at Princeton University.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of correspondence of Oates (Princeton Class of 1925) during his tenure as Professor of Classics at Princeton University. Included is correspondence with other classicists, educators, friends, family, and Princeton associates, such as Saxe Commins, Robert F. Goheen, Theodore Tracy, Charles T. Murphy, Reinhold and Ursula Niebuhr, and Frank E. Taplin.

Also present are correspondence with Random House, Inc., and Longmans, Green & Co., publishers of several of Oates' books, a few photographs of Oates, and 13 photographs of the Delphic Games of either 1928 or 1931 in Greece.

Collection Creator Biography:

Oates, Whitney J. (Whitney Jennings), 1904-1973

Whitney Jennings Oates, a member of the Princeton Class of 1925, was a professor of Classics at Princeton University.

Collection History


Transferred from Mudd Library in 1999.

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Fadzilah Yahaya GS in 2011.

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:

Whitney Jennings Oates Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-7