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Machen, Arthur, 1863-1947
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Arthur Machen Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1863-1953 (mostly 1895-1945)
1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists chiefly of letters and photographs of Arthur Machen, the Welsh-born writer called "the Apostle of Wonder" because of his mastery of the English language and outstanding creation of supernatural fiction.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection contains 11 letters (1895-1945) of Arthur Machen to different individuals and 22 photographs of the houses in which Machen lived from 1863 to 1929. Correspondents include F. C. Owlett, Nathan van Patten, and Thomas Wright. The photographs are all signed by Machen, and they are accompanied by negative duplicates and a handwritten list of the addresses of the houses. In addition, the collection includes one page of an unidentified fragment of a holograph manuscript signed by Machen; a woodcut portrait of Machen by T. Fytton Armstrong, signed by Machen and inscribed to Nathan van Patten; a small, hand-set booklet (1953) labeled "A Critical Essay by Arthur Machen," one of fifty copies, with a watercolor drawing and a colophon signed by Carl Swanson; and a printed article, "The Cup and Arthur Machen," by Maude V. P. Hazelton.


Arranged by accession number.

Collection Creator Biography:

Machen, Arthur, 1863-1947

Arthur Machen was a Welsh writer of tales, mystical, romantic, and macabre.

Collection History


The woodcut of Machen, booklet, and other memorabilia were a gift of Mrs. Joseph Vodrey on June 28, 1976 .

The unidentified holograph manuscript fragment was a gift of the estate of Alexander D. Wainwright, Princeton Class of 1939, via Joseph J. Felcone, on Oct. 30, 2000 .

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on June 29, 2006. Finding aid written by Tenley Eakin on June 30, 2006. Folder inventory added by James Clark '14 in 2012.

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:

Arthur Machen Collection; 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