Contents and Arrangement

Papers of Others, dates not examined

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Contains "Letter to the editor of The New Statesman," typescript (7 pp.), from New York (15 July 1915), with a few manuscript corrections; copy of a letter from Ernest Jones to Jonathan Davis (9 August 1855), with many manuscript corrections apparently in the hand of FH; a two-page essay by Frank Scully (FH's collaborator on his biography of Bernard Shaw) relating the confusion between Wild Bill Hicock and Oscar Wilde in the mind of a French interviewer; 14 pp. of typescript poems by Locke Miller; typescript stories "An Undertaker Dies" and "The Woman Always Plays" by  Alexander Samaiman; extracts from poems of Ernest Dowson, about 10 pp., with extracts from Housman, Davidson, Swinburne, Browning, etc., and a small section in FH's hand; "Oscar Wilde's Unwritten Play by T. H. Bell," an offprint (from The Bookman for April-May 1930) of his article on Harris's play Mr. & Mrs. Daventry, which was based on a plot devised by Oscar Wilde, with a number of indignant manuscript notes in ink by FH; "Red Roses by Gerald Hamilton," typescript (8 pp.), with a very few corrections, possibly by FH.


Arrangement has no apparent organization scheme.

Collection History

Custodial History

This collection was first bought from a bookshop in Nice shortly after Frank Harris's death in 1931. The material relative to Oscar Wilde has been collected; but the rest has been left largely as found, with the titles of each folder (where there is a folder, or a title) as left by Harris.


No accruals are expected.


One printed item was transferred to Rare Books Division for cataloging; the rest has been retained.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John Delaney in September 2004. Finding aid written by John Delaney in October 2004.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available 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:

Papers of Others; Frank Harris Papers, C0975, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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Related Materials

The Esar Levine Collection of Frank Harris (C0873) consists of the writings, correspondence, and printed matter of, and relating to, Harris as collected by Esar Levine (b. 1899), Harris's disciple, agent, and friend.


Frank Harris (New York, Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1970) by Robert B. Pearsall was consulted during preparation of the biographical note.

Harris, Frank, 1856-1931
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900