Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Writings, 1876-1954

20 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The Writings Series consists of Myers' personal and professional writings from both his time as a graduate student and his tenure as a professor at Princeton University. The bulk of the documents, including all of the Diaries and Notes subseries and much of the Lectures subseries, are in Myers' hand. Other documents include typescripts and carbons of various Myers monographs, bank account books, and engagement books. This series documents not only Myers day-to-day life, but also his interests and work habits. This is particularly evident in the Notes subseries. Included here are notebooks containing newspapers clippings which were carefully and meticulous maintained by Myers throughout his career. The clippings are accompanied by notes, thoughts, and future ideas for Myers' writings.


The Writings Series is arranged in five subseries: Diaries, Drafts, Lectures, Notes, and Miscellaneous.

Collection History


Photographic negatives, which had deteriorated, as well as sheet music have been removed.


These papers were processed with an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Casey Babcock in October 2007. Finding aid written by Casey Babcock in October 2007.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This 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:

Series 1: Writings; William Starr Myers Papers, MC098, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Boxes 1-19; 36

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Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm of the diaries appears at the end of Subseries 1A: Diaries.

Related Materials

Other material at the Mudd Manuscript Library relating to William Starr Myers can be found within the Princeton University Archives including, the Faculty Off-Prints Collection (AC121), the Lecture Notes Collection (AC052), and Myers' faculty file.


Material within William Starr Myers' faculty file, part of the Princeton University Archives, was consulted during the preparation of this finding aid.

Republican Party (N.J.)
Princeton University
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.