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Fite, Warner, 1867-1955
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Warner Fite Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Collection contains the correspondence of Warner Fite ( a philosophy professor at Princeton University) with other writers, philosophers, professors and publishers.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists chiefly of selected correspondence of Warner Fite. The bulk consists of letters addressed to Fite from Miguel de Unamuno, the Spanish essayist, poet, and philosopher, and Ramiro de Maeztu, also a Spanish political theorist, journalist, and literary critic. Their correspondence revolves around Fite's work, including his book Moral Philosophy, The Critical View of Life. There is a letter from Prof. J. Helder asking Fite to translate a letter (in Spanish) from Unamuno, accompanied by Fite's translation, which includes holograph corrections in Greek. In addition, there are four letters by Fite to "Mrs. Rogers" (Jeanette Blumenthal Rogers) and one letter to Helen Blumenthal Waterman. Other correspondents include the Italian philosopher Benedette Croce, American philosophers and authors William James and George Herbert Palmer, and the Spanish philosopher, essayist, and poet George Santayana.

Collection Creator Biography:

Fite, Warner, 1867-1955

Dr. Warner was an educator, philosopher and author. For twenty-five years he was a member of the Princeton University Philosophy Department as Stuart Professor of Ethics, and in 1934 was the president of the American Philosophical Association. He was not a member of one school of philosophic thought and, consequently, wrote and taught in the spirit of his book Individualism (1911). In another book, Moral Philosophy, The Critical View of Life, Dr. Fite developed his view of life centering on the importance of the "person." He was a friend of the Spanish philosopher Miguel de Unamuno, whose novel Mist he translated (1928), and of Benedette Croce, the Italian philosopher.

Collection History


Letters addressed to Fite were a gift of Mrs. Fite on December 13, 1955 .

Letters of Fite were a gift of Miss Faith D. Waterman on June 28, 1979 . AM18544, 80-31.

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

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on May 19, 2009. Finding aid written by Elizabeth Mulvey on June 15, 2009. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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:

Warner Fite Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1