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Princeton University Library Collection of Robert H. Taylor
Manuscripts Division
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1900-2023 (mostly 1910-1986)
1 linear foot, 3 boxes, and 2 folders
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes B-002081 to B-002083


Consists of drafts of speeches, articles, and other writings; correspondence; obituaries and tributes; photographs; and interviews of Robert H. Taylor, a collector of books and manuscripts of English and American literature.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of material by and about Robert H. Taylor, with his writings making up the bulk of the collection. Materials include drafts of his speeches and articles; correspondence relating to his publications; obituaries, tributes, and correspondence after his death; photographs of him, family, and friends; audiocassette tapes of interviews; and a few records from the Yonkers Rationing Board during World War II, presumably while Taylor was working for the Office of Price Administration.


Materials were arranged by type.

Collection Creator Biography:


Robert H. Taylor graduated from Princeton University in 1930 with a major in architecture. He continued his studies in architecture, first at Yale University then at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but never practiced as an architect. He was a lifelong collector of books and manuscripts of English and American literature, ranging from early English manuscripts to works by authors contemporary to him. In 1961, he moved to Princeton from Yonkers, New York into a house with a specially built library room. In 1971, he deposited his collection at Princeton University Library into refurbished rooms on the first floor of Firestone Library, thus providing both better security as well as improved scholarly access to his collection. He published and spoke regularly on bibliographical and book collecting topics. In 1980, he published Certain Small Works, a compendium of his writings on collecting, the writer's craft, and one of his favorite authors, Anthony Trollope. His collection, together with an endowment, came to the Library as a bequest upon his death in May 1985.

Collection History


This collection consists of the personal papers of Robert Taylor that were originally part of the curatorial collection files, i.e., administrative files, for the Robert H. Taylor Collection of English and American Literature (RTC01) (AM 2024-019).

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Stephen Ferguson during September 2023. Finding aid written by Stephen Ferguson in September 2023, and Amy C. Vo in March 2024.

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:

Princeton University Library Collection of Robert H. Taylor; 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-002081 to B-002083

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