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Watson, William, 1858-1935
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
William Watson Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1


Consists chiefly of correspondence of the British poet William Watson with his publisher, Grant Richards.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists chiefly of correspondence of the British poet William Watson with his publisher, Grant Richards. Additionally, there is some correspondence between Watson's brother Robert and Richards. Other correspondents include Mrs. R. Boyle, Michael Field, John Grier Hibben (Princeton Class of 1882), and Arthur Machen. In his correspondence, Watson discusses some of his works such as Pencraft: A Pleas for the Older Ways (1916.) There are four telegrams to Richards regarding the printing of Watson's Excursions in Criticism with the responses of the publishers Richards and Elkin Mathews. Also included is an autographed portrait image of Watson (from a photograph), page proofs of Excursions in Criticism, and clippings about Watson and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.


Arranged in accession number order.

Collection Creator Biography:

Watson, William, 1858-1935

Sir William Watson was a prolific English poet of the 1890s, popular for the political content of his verse. A contributor to The Yellow Book, Watson was also a defender of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, as he dropped out of fashion.

Collection History


The collection consists of multiple accessions purchased over a period of several years.

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 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:

William Watson Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1