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Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957.
Kenneth Roberts Letters to Malcolm Johnson
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists primarily of letters by the American historical novelist Kenneth Roberts to his Doubleday editor, Malcolm Johnson.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of over 60 letters (1936-1955) by Roberts ("Ken") to his Doubleday editor, Malcolm Johnson, addressed mostly from Kennebunkport, Maine, but also from the Bahamas and Bermuda. Often of a warm and personal nature, many of these concern his current books and their progress. Many letters are accompanied by their original envelopes, and one late, long letter (1955) catches up on old times. Additional pieces include a postcard-sized photo of a painting of Mrs. Robert Rogers, with Roberts's identification and a note on the verso; a proof sheet of the title page of March to Quebec (1938) with his holograph correction; a corrected and annotated dust jacket for Arundel; two of his Christmas drinking song checklists; and miscellaneous notes, I.O.U.s, and clippings.


The letters are organized chronologically, with proofs and printed material at the end.

Collection Creator Biography:

Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957.

Kenneth Roberts was a popular American historical novelist, whose subjects were the colonial period, the American Revolution, and the early years of the United States. His novels include Arundel (1929), Lydia Bailey (1947), Northwest Passage (1937), Oliver Wiswell (1940), and Rabble in Arms (1933).

Collection History


Purchased in November 2013 .


Nothing was discarded or transferred in the processing of this collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John Delaney on November 25, 2013. Finding aid written by John Delaney on November 25, 2013.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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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:

Kenneth Roberts Letters to Malcolm Johnson; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1