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Bonfante, Giuliano, 1904-2005, Boyd, Julian P. (Julian Parks), 1903-1980, Chinard, Gilbert, 1881-1972, and Eisenhart, Luther Pfahler, 1876-1965 -- Correspondence.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Antonio Pace Correspondence with Princetonians
Manuscripts Division
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Consists primarily of incoming correspondence to Antonio Pace (1914-2004), a professor of Romance Languages at Syracuse University and the University of Washington, from Princeton faculty, particularly those in the fields of language and cultural studies, as well as from former Princeton classmates (*43). Other notable scholars are also represented. Some correspondents include: Gilbert Chinard (1881-1972), Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908-2009), Julian P. Boyd (1903-1980), Kenneth McKenzie (1870-1949), Theodore Fred Kuper (1886-1981), and Giuliano Bonfante (1904-2005).

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists primarily of incoming correspondence, both professional and personal, from Princeton faculty, particularly those in the fields of language and cultural studies, as well as from former Princeton classmates (*43). Other notable scholars are also represented. Correspondents include: Gilbert Chinard (1881-1972), Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908-2009), Julian P. Boyd (1903-1980), Kenneth McKenzie (1870-1949), Theodore Fred Kuper (1886-1981), and Giuliano Bonfante (1904-2005) among others. Some of the correspondence relates to Il contrasto delle donne; a critical edition with introduction and notes, by Antonio Pace (1943).

Also included in the collection is a file of correspondence and other materials relating to Pace's composition of a memoir of Gilbert Chinard for the American Philosophical Society.

Collection Creator Biography:

Antonio Pace was born the son of Italian immigrants in Potsdam, New York on July 7, 1914. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1935 and Master's degrees from Syracuse and Princeton Universities in 1937 and 1939. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Romance Languages from Princeton in 1943. Pace was a faculty member in the Department of Romance Languages at Syracuse University from 1939 to 1967, subsequently becoming a professor at the University of Washington. He published numerous books and articles on Italian literature and science and Italian-American cultural relations. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1948 to travel to Italy in order to complete a book entitled Benjamin Franklin and Italy (1958). Pace was awarded Knighthood in the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy in 1963. Upon his retirement from teaching, Pace worked as a luthier at Hammond Ashley Associates of Seattle. There, he crafted string instruments and developed a new model of violin design. Pace was married to Mary Rioch, and they had two children. Pace died on February 18, 2004 in Seattle, Washington.

The College of New Jersey was initially chartered in 1746. The first classes were held in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in the parsonage of the president, the Reverend Jonathan Dickinson. Upon his death, the College moved to Newark, New Jersey, and was headed by the Reverend Aaron Burr, Sr. Since 1756, the College has been located in Princeton, New Jersey. For the first fifty years, nearly all College operations took place within Nassau Hall. Fires, fundraising difficulties, low student enrollment, and the Civil War challenged the vitality of the College in the early and middle nineteenth century, but the College grew vigorously under the leadership of President James McCosh, and it was renamed Princeton University in 1896. The Graduate School was established in 1900, although a limited graduate program had existed since the 1870s. Princeton enthusiastically supported the country (living up to its informal motto, "Princeton in the Nation's Service") during the First and Second World Wars, offering the expertise of faculty and campus space for training, as well as facilitating the early graduation of students so they could enlist. The post-World War II years brought dramatic changes to Princeton. The size and strength of the University's facilities and academic programs—especially for the applied sciences and public policy—were increased dramatically. Under President Robert Goheen, Princeton began to admit minority students in greater numbers in the 1960s and admitted women undergraduates in 1969. Today, Princeton is widely regarded as one of the top universities in the world.

Princeton University Librarian (1940-1952) and professor of history, Julian P. Boyd, was the founding editor of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson publishing project. He conceived the idea in 1943 while serving as the historian of the Thomas Jefferson Bicentennial Commission. Boyd held other influential positions in major American historical organizations and societies

Chinard was a Franco-American scholar who was associated with the Institut Français de Washington from 1928 and was Pyne Professor of French at Princeton University, 1937-1950. His published work was on French literature and the history of Franco-American relations.

Luther P. (Pfahler) Eisenhart taught mathematics at Princeton and was one of the original preceptors appointed in 1905 by Princeton University president Woodrow Wilson. He was born on January 13, 1876 to Charles Augustus Eisenhart and Emma Catherine Pfahler Eisenhart in York, Pennsylvania. Eisenhart received his B.A. in Mathematics from Gettysburg College in 1896 and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in 1900. Eisenhart became an instructor at Princeton University in 1900; Wilson named him a preceptor in 1905. He became a professor of mathematics in 1909, was Dean of the Faculty from 1925-1933, Chairman of the Mathematics Department from 1929-1945 and Dean of the Graduate School from 1933-1945. He was active in the post-World War I reform of the educational program at Princeton and was the originator of the famous four-course plan of study in the last two years of undergraduate studies. Adopted in 1923, this program of independent reading and research culminating in an undergraduate thesis continues to be in effect at Princeton. Eisenhart married Anna Maria Dandridge Mitchell in 1908; they had one son. Following his wife's death in 1913, Eisenhart wed Katharine Riely Schmidt in 1918; they had two daughters. Eisenhart died in Princeton on October 28, 1965.

Kenneth McKenzie (1870-1949) was a professor of Romance languages at Princeton University.

Collection History


Gift of Julian R. Pace, 2015 (AM 2015-60).

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were separated during 2015 processing.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in February 2015. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in February 2015.

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in February 2015.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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:

Antonio Pace Correspondence with Princetonians; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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