- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
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- Gibbons, Helen Davenport, 1882-1960 and Gibbons, Herbert Adams, 1880-1934
- Herbert Adams Gibbons Papers
- Public Policy Papers
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- 28 boxes
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-28
Herbert Adams Gibbons was a journalist and foreign correspondent. Consists of papers of Gibbons from the periods when he was a foreign correspondent (1909-1916) in Greece, Spain, Turkey and other Near Eastern countries, a serviceman with the American Expeditionary Forces in France (1917-1918), and a correspondent (1920-1931) for various American magazines in Europe, the Orient, and Africa.
Collection Description & Creator Information
Consists of papers of Gibbons from the periods when he was a foreign correspondent (1909-1916) in Greece, Spain, Turkey and other Near Eastern countries, a serviceman with the American Expeditionary Forces in France (1917-1918), and a correspondent (1920-1931) for various American magazines in Europe, the Orient, and Africa. Included are articles, dispatches, proofs for PARIS REBORN (1915), and interviews and reports concerned with World War I, U.S. foreign policy, French civilian relief, and European relations with the Near and Far East. Also included are material about Richard E. Byrd's transatlantic flight in 1927, photographs of France and Morocco, book reviews, pamphlet files, maps, documents, scrapbooks, and memorabilia. Correspondence includes letters from John G. Hibben, J. J. Jusserand, Alexander Souter, John J. Pershing, Margaret Deland, and Rodman and John Wanamaker.
Some papers of author and journalist Helen Davenport Gibbons, who married Herbert Gibbons in 1908, are also included here. Helen Davenport Gibbons' papers include correspondence, proofs for PARIS VISTAS (1919), documents, photographs, and memorabilia.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Gibbons, Helen Davenport, 1882-1960
Helen Davenport Gibbons (1882-1960) wrote The Red Rugs of Tarsus (1917) after witnessing the massacre of Armenian Christians in Adana and Tarsus in 1909. She wrote Paris Vistas (1919) and The Little Grey House (1919) about her experiences in wartime France. While in France, she founded the organization Sauvons Les Bebes, providing clothing for children. Helen Davenport Gibbons also worked as a translator from French to English of such works as "The Radiant Story of Jesus." Gibbons and her husband had four children.
Gibbons, Herbert Adams, 1880-1934
Herbert Adams Gibbons was a journalist and foreign correspondent. Gibbons received a masters degree in history from Princeton University in 1907, and a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1908. Newly married to Helen Davenport Gibbons, Herbert Gibbons first went to Turkey as a missionary, but soon began writing dispatches as a foreign correspondent. Helen and Herbert Gibbons witnessed parts of the massacre of Armenian Christians in 1909 in Adana and Tarsus, where their first daughter Christine was born. Both of them wrote about the experience later.
Between 1910 and 1913, Herbert Gibbons taught at Robert College in Istanbul. In 1914, Gibbons received his Ph.D from Princeton University. He and Helen lived in Paris beginning in 1914, and stayed there for the remainder of World War I. He traveled widely as a foreign correspondent during the 1920s. He published many books and articles between 1914 and his death in 1934.
Papers of Herbert Adams Gibbons and Helen Davenport Gibbons were donated by Hope Gibbons, Mila Gibbons, and Mrs. Alpheus T. Mason in 1971, 1972, and 1991.
Information on what has been separated from the papers is not available. It appears that books by Helen Davenport Gibbons have been removed from the papers.
- Processing Information
Information about the original processing of the papers is not known. December, 2018 additions were found in the archives and added to the finding aid by Helene van Rossum (ML.2018.022). Correspondence of Helen Davenport Gibbons was described in September, 2019 by Phoebe Nobles.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.
- Credit this material:
Herbert Adams Gibbons Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA(609) 258-6345
- Existence and Location of Copies
Publications: Paris Reborn (New York: Century Co., 1915) by Herbert Adams Gibbons and Paris Vistas (New York: Century Co., 1919) by Helen Davenport Gibbons.
- Subject Terms:
- Armenian question.
Eastern question (Balkan)
Foreign correspondents -- United States -- 20th century.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Civilian relief -- France.
World War, 1914-1918 -- France -- Paris.
World War, 1914-1918 -- France -- Photographs.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Journalists -- Correspondence.
- Genre Terms:
- United States
Byrd, Richard Evelyn, 1888-1957
- Europe -- History -- 20th century.
Europe -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
France -- 20th century -- Photographs.
France -- Foreign relations -- United States -- 20th century.
Morocco -- 20th century -- Photographs.
Spain -- History -- 1868-1931.
Turkey -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Foreign relations -- France -- 20th century.