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Perry, Bliss, 1860-1954
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Bliss Perry 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 selected manuscripts and correspondence of Bliss Perry, an American scholar and editor especially noted for his work in American literature.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of selected manuscripts and correspondence of Bliss Perry. The correspondence includes a letter from Perry to John T. Morse, dated 28 November 1921, regarding Perry's biography of Henry Lee Higginson ( Life and Letters of Henry Lee Higginson ), who was at the time Boston's leading investment banker. There is one letter from Perry to Norman Armour, thanking him for volumes of Kipling that he received from Charles Scribner's Sons; two undated letters to Varnum Lansing Collins; and four letters to Mr. and Mrs. Winthrop More Daniels, Princeton Class of 1888. There is an unaddressed letter of recommendation from Perry for a Mr. C. H. Morton, dated 12 June 1899; two letters from Perry to Francis Charles Macdonald about his writing; and two autographed visiting cards of Mrs. Henry Lee Higginson to Mr. and Mrs. John T. Morse, thanking them and discussing the biography that Perry has written about her husband. The manuscripts include a report (6 pp.) written by Perry, titled "Report on Hutton Mss," dated 28 April 1931, which was sent with a cover letter to James Thayer Gerould, Princeton University Librarian, about Lawrence Hutton letters which Perry had examined for publication. Also included is a typewritten (10 pp.) biography of Higginson written by Joseph Lee, with a few holograph corrections.


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Collection Creator Biography:

Bliss Perry was an American educator, author, and editor. He taught at Princeton University from 1893 to 1900 and at Harvard University from 1907 to 1930; he was Harvard lecturer at the University of Paris from 1909 to 1910. From 1899 to 1909, Perry was the editor of the magazine The Atlantic Monthly. The French government awarded him the Legion of Honour. He edited many volumes, including the works of Edmund Burke, Sir Walter Scott, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. He wrote a number of books, including works on Walt Whitman, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Thomas Carlyle, as well as novels, short fiction, essays, an autobiography, and studies of poetry.

Collection History


Letter and manuscript to Gerould were a gift of William B. Scott in March 1931 .

Two letters to Francis C. Macdonald were a gift of Francis Charles Macdonald, Princeton Class of 1896, in November 1936 .

Two letters to V. Lansing Collins were part of Collins Papers.

Letter of recommendation for C. H. Morton was a gift of Miss Kay Armstrong on November 13, 1957 .

Five letters and cards related to the Higginson biography were purchased on April 12, 1961 .

Four letters to Mr. and Mrs. Daniels were a gift of R. Balfour Daniels on February 15, 1971 .

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.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

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:

Bliss Perry Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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