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Sonnenberg, Ben
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Constantine Cavafy Photograph Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists of photographs of the Greek poet Constantine Cavafy and members of his family that were collected by Ben Sonnenberg.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of photographs of Cavafy and his family collected by Ben Sonnenberg. Some of the photographs were taken by Fettel and Bernard in Alexandria, one by Abdullah Fréres in Constantinople, and one by Marzocchini. Most of the photographs are untitled and undated.


Arranged by accession number.

Collection Creator Biography:

Constantine Cavafy was born on April 29, 1863, lived most of his life in Egypt, and died on the same date in 1933 in Alexandria (Egypt). Although he published little work, he is regarded as one of the foremost modern Greek poets. Skeptical and nonconformist, he was critical of Christian and nationalistic morality and was one of the first to write openly about homosexuality. Among his best-known poems are "The City" and "Waiting for the Barbarians."

Collection History


The photographs were a gift of Ben Sonnenberg in 1997 (AM1997-107).

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Finding aid written by James Flannery on February 6, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Jameson Creager (2015) in 2012.

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:

Constantine Cavafy Photograph Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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