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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 (scamss): 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

Scope and Contents

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:

Perry, Bliss, 1860-1954

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.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

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.

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:

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

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1