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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
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


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

Collection Description & Creator Information


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 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:

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

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