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Hess, Harry Hammond
Collection of Harry H. Hess Materials
Manuscripts Division
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0.21 linear feet and (1 container)
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-001831


Consists primarily of a few writings and field notes of American geologist Harry Hammond Hess (1906-1969).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Content Description

The collection includes a few materials related to American geologist Harry Hammond Hess (1906-1969), including a brief autobiographical sketch; field notes from an expedition to the Caribbean in early 1932 relating to the U.S. Navy-Princeton Gravity Experiment, 1932) and other miscellaneous notes; a typescript on sea-floor spreading and one on ocean basins; and a manuscript copy of Hess's Brooks Fellowship report, "A Geological Excursion in the USSR" (1937). A few letters are scattered throughout.

A couple of items in the collection were not created by or may not relate to Hess.

Collection History


Gift of The Bancroft Library in 2017 (AM 2018-16).


No materials were removed from the collection during 2022 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in 2022. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in 2022.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The 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:

Collection of Harry H. Hess Materials; 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-001831