Contents and Arrangement

Studio, 1686-2010

327 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Contains books shelved by Derrida in his Studio, an addition to the house that served as Derrida's principal work environment from the time it was built in 2001 up to his death in 2004. Books are represented here as inventoried in 2011. Also includes books not inventoried in 2011 (hence presumably not shelved in the Studio at the time) but located in the Studio at the time of packing the Library for shipment to Princeton University Library.


Arranged by location in the Studio, following shelfmark order as inventoried and broken down by the first shelfmark segment, which indicates the four walls, two revolving bookcases, and bedside tables, respectively. Books not inventoried in 2011 but found in the Studio at the time of packing the Library for shipment to Princeton University Library are listed at the end of the series in approximate packing order.

Collection History

Processing Information

Processed based on dealer data using a database and XQuery workflow by Regine Heberlein and Donald Thornbury. Data entry and other invaluable assistance provided by Nick Williams '15 and Donald Thermesi.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Credit this material:

Studio; The Library of Jacques Derrida, Studio Series, RBD1, Rare Book Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • This is stored in multiple locations.
  • Firestone Library (ex): Boxes B-000107 to B-000109, B-000114, B-000133, B-000136, B-000138, B-000140 to B-000241, B-000243 to B-000244, B-000247 to B-000249, B-000252 to B-000262, B-000265, B-000269 to B-000274, B-000281 to B-000323, B-000368, B-000429, B-000610, B-000613, B-000621 to B-000622, B-000629 to B-000637, P-000019
  • ReCAP (rcpxr): Boxes 113, 146, 150, 155, 158, 163, 165, 167, 169 to 170, 174, 176, 185, 190 to 191, 193, 195, 197, 200, 202, 205, 208, 211, 232, 239, 244, 246, 248, 250 to 251, 253, 255, 258, 260, 263, 265, 268, 273, 276, 278, 280, 282, 284, 287, 289, 291 to 292, 294, 297, 299, 301, 303, 306, 311, 313, 317, 319, 324, 326, 328, 330, 332, 334, 338, 340 to 341, 343 to 344, 348, 350 to 351, 354, 358, 360 to 361, 363 to 364, 366, 368, 371, 374, 376, 381, 498, 61, 63, 783, 858, 903, 93

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Related Materials

The bulk of Jacques Derrida's papers, including his student work, documents relating to his teaching, publications, and conference activities, and audio and video recordings are housed at the University of California Irvine as part of the Critical Theory Archive. For the online finding aid to the Jacques Derrida Papers at Irvine, click here.

A duplicate set of the manuscripts housed at Irvine is available under the collection name Fonds Jacques Derrida at the Institut mémoires de l'édition contemporaine. For the online finding aid at IMEC, click here.

Other Finding Aids

Click here to access the full inventory of the House series.

Separated Materials

At the time of acquisition, inserted material had been systematically removed from a subset of volumes and placed in a number of subject-based boxes and envelopes. Notes received by PUL from the dealer reflect this and are quoted in this finding aid in the interest of making the history of the collection's custodial interventions fully transparent.

All separated insertions received by PUL were re-inserted upon receipt of the collection in an effort to preserve archival context and service the collection as close as possible to its working state.

A small number of separated insertions were not received by PUL and are so identified in the finding aid.