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Rice, Howard C. (Howard Crosby), 1904-1980
Howard C. Rice Correspondence with Alexander D. Wainwright
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists chiefly of correspondence between Howard C. Rice, Jr., and Alexander D. Wainwright, dating mainly during the time that Rice was working at the Collège de L'Europe Libre, in Strasbourg, France. Rice was an associate professor at Princeton University and Assistant Librarian for the Special Collections. Wainwright was a librarian at Princeton University Library for many years, serving as currator of the Morris L. Parrish Collection of Victorian Novelists and as Assistant University Librarian for Acquisitions.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists chiefly of thirty-three letters and seventeen cards of Howard C. Rice and Alexander D. Wainwright. Most of the letters are typewritten and date mainly from the time that Rice was working at the Collège de L'Europe Libre, in Strasbourg, France. Subjects discussed in the correspondence are Rice's position at the Collège de L'Europe where he was sent to manage its library; the Princeton University Library and the Department of Collections; the Princeton University Library Chronicle and articles that were to be published in different issues; the planning of exhibitions in the Department of exhibition catalogues being printed; the Friends of the Princeton University Library; manuscript collections; and the organization of the department's vaults. They also discuss several people associated with the library or with Princeton University, including Robert H. Taylor, William Dix (University Librarian), Elmer Adler (Curator of Graphic Arts), and Willard Thorp (Princeton professor). Included is a typewritten newsletter (7 leaves), which was sent by Howard and France Rice to all their friends. This newsletter includes several watercolor drawings by Rice. There is also a hand-drawn map to Rice's home in Brattleboro, Vermont. Some of the cards are signed by Rice and his wife, and a few are written in French. Also included is a typed manuscript (13 numbered leaves), with an autograph inscription to Wainwright titled, "Out of India into Vermont, Selections from Rudyard Kipling, with a commentary and interpolations by Howard C. Rice," dated December 1971.


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Collection Creator Biography:

Rice, Howard C. (Howard Crosby), 1904-1980

Historian and author, Howard C. Rice (1904-1980), directed Princeton's Special Collections during the 1960s.

Collection History


Gift of Alexander D. Wainwright in October 1998 .

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The 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:

Howard C. Rice Correspondence with Alexander D. Wainwright; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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