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Tibbetts, Alice Davis
Alice Davis Tibbetts Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1


Consists of selected letters and photographs of authors, poets, and friends collected by Alice Davis Tibbetts, secretary, companion, and romantic partner of Edgar Lee Masters.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of selected letters and photographs authors, poets, and friends collected by Alice Davis Tibbetts. Included are a visiting card of Ford Madox Ford; a photograph of Thomas Wolfe; photographs of Dexter, Gertrude, and Marcia Masters; two letters and a card from H. L. Mencken; a photograph of Pearl Violet Metzelthin inscribed to Tibbetts; two photographs of Gerald Sanders; five cards and one letter by Jesse Stuart; four photographs of A. M. Sullivan; a "Thank you" note from Virgil Thomson; and a letter by John Hall Wheelock. The material was laid-in a collection of books presented by Alice Davis Tibbetts to Princeton University Library.


Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Collection Creator Biography:

Tibbetts, Alice Davis

Alice Elizabeth Davis Tibbetts met Edgar Lee Masters during the Great Depression in the lobby of the Hotel Chelsea in 1936. She became his secretary, companion, and romantic partner until 1944 when Masters was taken from the hotel to a hospital and then a nursing home. The two never married. Following this relationship, Davis was married unsucessfully to a merchant sailor before marrying Charles Tibbetts. Mrs. Tibbetts died in New York City on September 29, 1988.

Collection History


Gift of Alice Davis Tibbetts in 1983 (AM2008-7).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain in July 2007. Finding aid written by Traci Ballou-Broadnax on August 8, 2007. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) 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:

Alice Davis Tibbetts Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1