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Pershing, James H. (James Hammond), 1863-1948
James H. Pershing Papers
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 0.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2


Contains selected correspondence of lawyer and bibliohile James H. Pershing, as well as notebooks documenting his library.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection contains correspondence received by Pershing regarding his book The Different States of the First Edition of Paradise Lost (London: The Bibliographical Society, 1941) and the public sale of his libray, as well as seven notebooks bibliographically documenting his library: "Descriptive Catalogue, English and American Poetry, Mainly First Editions" (Vols. I-V), "Vol. VI, Prose Works, Mainly First Editions," and "Descriptive Catalogue, Vol. VII, Miscellaneous." Correspondents include H. Buxton Forman, Lawrance Thompson, book collectors, and librarians and directors of leading American and British libraries.


The correspondence is arranged chronologically, followed by the notebooks in volume number order.

Collection Creator Biography:

Pershing, James H. (James Hammond), 1863-1948

James H. Pershing was an American lawyer and bibliophile.

Collection History


Gift of Hugh S. Pershing in 2003 (AM2004-40).


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.

Credit this material:

James H. Pershing Papers; 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