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Stromberg, Oliver
Oliver Stromberg Collection of William Beebe Book Collecting Files
Manuscripts Division
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1 box
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-001207


Materials collected by book collector Oliver Stromberg in preparation to write a book on American naturalist and explorer, William Beebe. Collection primarily consists of orders, invoices, book catalogs, and correspondence from booksellers.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Collection primarily consists of orders, invoices, book catalogs, and correspondence from booksellers related to William Beebe's book purchases. Additionally, there is one folder that consists of materials about Beebe that was collected by Stromberg in prepartion to write a book.

Collection Creator Biography:

Beebe, William

William Beebe (1877-1962) was an American naturalist, marine biologist, explorer, and writer. After attending Columbia, Beebe was appointed to the New York Zoological Society as curator of ornithology and then later as the director of the Department of Tropical Research. Throughout his lifetime Beebe led several successful expeditions to support his research and writing. He is credited alongside engineer Otis Burton as being the designer of the bathysphere, a diving vessel that allowed Beebe to observe marine life in the deep sea.

Stromberg, Oliver

Oliver Stromberg was a Maryland book collector interested in writing a book on American naturalist and explorer, William Beebe.

Collection History


Purchase, 2018 (AM 2018-75).

Custodial History

Collection was purchased by Oliver Stromberg from Peacock Books in Massachusetts in 1993. Seller acquired the materials from an unnamed bookseller with ties to Mrs. Beebe.


No materials were removed from the collection during 2018 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information

Collection was processed by Sara Rogers in August 2018. Finding aid written by Sara Rogers in August 2018.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

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:

Oliver Stromberg Collection of William Beebe Book Collecting Files; 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 B-001207

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Related Materials

Parts of William Beebe's library are held by Princeton University.

William Beebe Papers (C0661)

Subject Terms:
Book collecting.
Booksellers and bookselling
Natural history.
Rare books.
Genre Terms:
Correspondence -- 20th century
Sales records.
Beebe, William