Contents and Arrangement Expanded View

Collection Overview

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


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.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Folder inventory prepared by Fadzilah Yahaya GS in 2011.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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:

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