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Jones, Carl W. (Carl Waring), 1887-1957
Carl W. Jones Magic Collection
Manuscripts Division
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4 boxes, 122 items, and 1.85 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-4


Consists of three scrapbooks of publicity photographs--compiled by C. A. George Newmann and collected by Carl W. Jones--of some 19th- but mainly 20th-century mentalists, magicians, ventriloquists, and illusionists.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of three scrapbooks (numbered 267, 268, 269) of publicity photographs--compiled by C. A. George Newmann and collected by Jones (Princeton Class of 1911)--of some 19th- but mainly 20th-century mentalists, magicians, ventriloquists, and illusionists. A typed commentary accompanies most of the photographs, and many of them are inscribed to Newmann. Included are photographs of well-known actors and actresses who also excelled at magic, such as Anna May Wong, Veronica Lake, Bela Lugosi, and Edmund Lowe.

Collection Creator Biography:

Jones, Carl W. (Carl Waring), 1887-1957

Carl W. Jones, a member of the Princeton class of 1911, was a collector of ephemera relating to mentalists, ventriloquists, magicians, and illusionists.

Collection History


Gift of Mrs. Carl Waring Jones in 1958-1959.

Custodial History

The collection was included in a larger gift by Carl Waring Jones to the Rare Books Division of the Library. The numbering of the scrapbooks is inherited from the sequencing of the former Theatre Collection scrapbooks.


No appraisal information is available.

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:

Carl W. Jones Magic Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-4

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