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Mountsier, Robert, 1888-1972
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Robert Mountsier Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.4 linear feet
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Consists of correspondence and manuscripts of Robert Mountsier, secretary (ca. 1910) of the Student Lecture Bureau at the University of Michigan and, later, an editor at The Evening Sun.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence and manuscripts of Robert Mountsier. The correspondence is divided into two parts. The first part dates from the time that Mountsier was recording secretary of the Student Lecture Bureau at the University of Michigan. It consists of letters and drafts of letters from Mountsier inviting educators, authors, senators, politicians, inventors, and other prominent persons to lecture at the Student Lecture Bureau, or for theatrical companies to perform, during the academic year 1908-1909. Correspondents include Elisha Benjamin Andrews, James Burrill Angell, Albert Jeremiah Beveridge, David Brewer, Andrew Carnegie, Joseph Gurney Cannon, Joseph Hodges Choate, Charles Warren Fairbanks, Harrison Grey Fiske, William Crawford Gorgas, John Hays Hammond, Sr., John Grier Hibben (Princeton University's 14th president), James Jerome Hill, Charles Rann Kennedy, John Worth Kern, Philander Chase Knox, Jack London, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Charles Edward Magoon, Henry John Miller, John Mitchell, Hugo Münsterberg, Thomas Nelson Page, James Whitcomb Riley, Elihu Root, John Singer Sargent, William Howard Taft, Takahira Kogoro, Ida Minerva Tarbell, Augustus Thomas, Charlemagne Tower, Walter Wellman, and Benjamin Ide Wheeler.

The second part of the correspondence is chiefly with Hiram S. Cody who worked with the Mexican Petroleum Co. in Mexico. The company was planning to build a clubhouse at Ebano that included an entertainment hall, a library, a billiard and game room, and an auditorium with weekly "moving pictures," stereopticon entertainments, dances, concerts, amateur plays, and slide and travel talks. Cody in Mexico and Mountsier in the United States discuss the purchase of stereopticon and "moving picture equipment," lenses, spools, library books and magazine subscriptions, billiard tables, binders, travel films and slides, a Gentleman's piano player, the latest song hits, bookplates, rubber stamps, and duplicating machines. Mountsier also corresponded with H. C. Boggs of the Corps of Engineers to provide him with copies of relief maps of the Suez Canal for the travel talks at the Clubhouse. Included are letters and drafts of letters of Mountsier to Mr. Grosvenor, editor of the National Geographic Magazine dated March 1912, applying for the position of editor for the Volta Review.

The manuscripts are typed announcements regarding the ten prominent speakers who agreed to talk at the Student Lecture Bureau during the 1908-1909 academic year. Also included is the promotional pamphlet that was printed with photographs and biographical information of the speakers as well as a prospectus of the pamphlet.

Collection Creator Biography:

Mountsier, Robert, 1888-1972

Robert Mountsier was recording secretary of the Student Lecture Bureau, University of Michigan, ca. 1910, and editor of The Evening Sun in New York, ca. 1911-1912.

Mountsier, Robert, 1888-1972

Robert Mountsier was recording secretary of the Student Lecture Bureau, University of Michigan, ca. 1910, and editor of The Evening Sun in New York, ca. 1911-1912.

Collection History


Various AM.

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

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:

Robert Mountsier Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1