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Griffith, William E.
William Griffith Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of letters to William Friffith, an American author and editor, from various authors, poets, and editors.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of letters sent to the American editor and author William Griffith from other authors, poets, and editors, primarily about poetry. Correspondents include Alice Fay, Anne Kelledy Gilbert, Adelaide Manola Hughes (Mrs. Rupert Hughes), Robert Loveman, Marjorie Meeker, David Morton, Thomas Moult, Rose O'Neil, Lizette Woodworth Reese, Faith Van Valkenburgh Vilas, Post Wheeler, John Hall Wheelock, and Margaret Widdemer. The subject of the letters is primarily about poetry.

In addition, there is some correspondence addressed to Griffith's wife Florence. Included is a poem, by an unidentified author, addressed to Florence Griffith, dated 1940, and titled "A Christmas Prayer, The Holy Child."

Collection Creator Biography:

Griffith, William E.

William Griffith was an American author and editor. He had an active career in the newspaper profession, having been on the staff of several of the New York papers. Griffith was managing editor of Hampton's Magazine, 1906-1910; editor of McCall's Magazine, 1911-1912; editorial director of the National Sunday Magazine, 1912-1916; and associate editor of Current Opinion. His best-known books of verse are: City Views and Visions, 1911; Loves and Losses of Pierrot, 1916; City Pastorals, 1918; and The House of the Sphinx, and other poems. Griffith was also president of the Poetry Society Forum Press.

Collection History


Gift of Chester S. Moeller, Princeton Class of 1940, in the name of Herbert Louis Moeller, Jr., Princeton Class of 1939, on April 17, 1963 (AM17594).

Custodial History

All items were removed from books belonging to Griffith. Some were presentation copies, written by the same author of the letter that was tipped in.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on June 11, 2009. Finding aid written by Elizabeth Mulvey on June 23, 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.

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 Griffith 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 (scamss): Box 1