Contents and Arrangement

Living Room and Attic, 1793-2013

4 items

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Includes items not captured in the inventory but retrieved at the time of packing the Library for shipment to Princeton University Library. Items originate from the living room and attic, respectively, though which item came from which room is no longer known. A wide field of reading interests are represented in this series that may in part represent leisure reading in the Derrida household, including fiction and poetry, exhibit and museum catalogs, a small number of children's books, a variety of serial issues, as well as books relating to Judaism, Mythology, Religion, Literary Criticism, Psychology, World History, Literary History, Political Theory, the University, Architecture, Travel, Art, and others.


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Divided into two groups of annotated and non-annotated books, respectively, before shipment to Princeton University Library. The exact location of these items in the house is unknown. They are arranged in approximate packing order within each group.

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:

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

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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

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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.