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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 (mss): 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


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 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:

Arthur Machen Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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