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Dennis, Frederic
Frederic Dennis Papers on Sylvia Beach
Manuscripts Division
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1890s-1988 (mostly 1955-1988)
5 boxes and 4.09 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes B-000805, B-000992 to B-000993, P-000089


This collection consists of selected papers of Frederic Dennis regarding Sylvia Beach, including correspondence of Sylvia Beach and members of her family, as well as letters from Noël Riley Fitch from 1977-1988, photographs of Sylvia Beach, Shakespeare and Co., her friends and family, and assorted clippings and other miscellany.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of selected papers of Frederic Dennis regarding Sylvia Beach, including various letters from Sylvia, as well as the correspondence of her family including her sister Holly and her father; a large collection of photographs that range from Beach family photograph albums and childhood photographs of the Beach sisters to images of Shakespeare and Company and photographs of some of the more famous literary associates of Sylvia Beach, such as James Joyce and Ezra Pound; a group of letters and postcards from Beach scholar Noël Riley Fitch regarding the Beach family; and various newsclippings and other assorted miscellany.

Collection Creator Biography:

Dennis, Frederic

Frederic Dennis was the nephew of Sylvia Beach, the founder and owner of the bookstore Shakespeare and Company. His mother, Holly Beach Dennis, was the oldest sister of Sylvia Beach.

Collection History


Gift of Lloyd Mills in 2016 (AM 2017-55) and 2017 (AM 2017-130)(AM 2017-158).


Nothing was removed from the collection during 2016-2017 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Chloe Pfendler in November 2016. Finding aid written by Chloe Pfendler in November 2016. Finding aid updated by Kelly Bolding in March 2017. Finding aid updated again by Chloe Pfendler in July 2017.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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:

Frederic Dennis Papers on Sylvia Beach; 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): Boxes B-000805, B-000992 to B-000993, P-000089