The Princeton University Library Chronicle

Index, Volumes I - XXV, 1939 - 1964

Biblia, Volumes I - X, 1930 - 1938





THE PUBLICATION of this Index provides an opportunity to review briefly the history of the Chronicle and of Biblia, its predecessor publication. Biblia, "a publication devoted to the interests of the Princeton University Library and issued from time to time by the 'Friends of the Princeton Library,' " was published from June 1930, some two months after the founding of the Friends, until December 1938. There were ten volumes: the first consisting of three numbers; the second, fifth, sixth, and ninth of two numbers; and the remainder of one number only. It was printed by the Princeton University Press. Biblia was sent to members of the Friends to keep them conversant with affairs at the Library and to inform them of recent acquisitions and current desiderata. "And, as a fillip toward their readability, each issue will contain either a short technical article by a bibliophile or else a previously unpublished literary fragment written by an author whose first editions are sought by collectors." Biblia was a much more informal publication than the Chronicle and the various numbers were put together mainly by Philip A. Rollins, the first Chairman of the Council of the Friends, Paul G. Tomlinson, secretary and manager of the Princeton University Press, and by Malcolm O. Young and Lawrence Heyl of the Library staff.


The Princeton University Library Chronicle, issued under the sponsorship of the Friends of the Princeton University Library, was established in the autumn of 1939, incorporating as one of its departments the earlier publication entitled Biblia. The stated purposes of the Chronicle were (and remain) threefold: to record noteworthy acquisitions of the Princeton University Library; to describe the Library's special collections; and to publish articles of general literary, bibliographical, and historical interest, particularly on subjects relating to materials in the Library.


Its Editor from the first issue through Volume III, Number 2 (February 1942), was Lawrance Thompson, Curator of Special Collections and Lecturer in English, who resigned when he entered the United States Navy. From Volume III, Number 3 (April 1942) through Volume VI, Number 4 (June 1945), Mr. Thompson was designated Honorary Editor. Carlos Baker, Instructor in English, was Acting Editor for Volume III, Number 3. Shirley H. Weber, Curator of Special Collections, was Editor from Volume III, Number 4 (June 1942) through Volume IV, Number 4 (June 1943). The first three numbers of Volume V (November 1943-April 1944) were edited by the Associate Editors. Miss Julie Hudson, Curator of Special Collections, was Editor from Volume V, Number 4 (June 1944) through Volume X, Number 4 (June 1949). She was succeeded by Alexander D. Wainwright, Curator of the Parrish Collection, who had been Assistant Editor for Volumes VIII through X. Mr. Wainwright was Editor from Volume XI, Number 1 (Autumn 1949) through Volume XXIII, Number 4 (Summer 1962). Following his resignation as Editor, the general editorial responsibility was assigned to an Editorial Board, composed of members of the Library staff under the chairmanship of Howard C. Rice, Jr., Assistant Librarian for Rare Books and Special Collections, and Mrs. Mina R. Bryan, Librarian of the Scheide Library, was appointed Managing Editor.


Alexander P. Clark, Curator of Manuscripts, and Miss Julie Hudson served as Assistant Editors from Volume XI, Number 1 (Autumn 1949) through Volume XX, Number 4 (Summer 1959). The Editor was assisted for the first ten volumes by a board of Associate Editors and for Volumes XI through XXIII by an Editorial Board. The following served on these boards for varying periods of time: Lawrence Heyl, Gilbert Chinard, Willard Thorp, Malcolm O. Young, Julian P. Boyd, Elmer Adler, Shirley H. Weber, Carlos Baker, Henry L. Savage, Lawrance Thompson, Howard C. Rice, Jr., Maurice Kelley, William S. Dix, Robert H. Taylor, James Thorpe, James Holly Hanford, Alexander P. Clark, and Charles Ryskamp. For Volumes XXIV and XXV the Editorial Board, in addition to Mr. Rice as Chairman and Mrs. Bryan as Managing Editor, consisted of Alfred L. Bush, Alexander P. Clark, Earle E. Coleman, William S. Dix,J. Keene Fleck, Jay K. Lucker, M. Halsey Thomas, and Alexander D. Wainwright. These two volumes also had an Advisory Board, consisting of Herbert S. Bailey, Jr., Gilbert Chinard, W. Frank Craven, Robert A. Koch, Charles Ryskamp, William H. Scheide, Robert H. Taylor, and Willard Thorp.


In addition to the articles, the Chronicle contained three regular departments: "Biblia," "Library Notes and Queries," and "New and Notable." "Biblia," a section "devoted to the interests of the Friends of the Princeton Library," appeared in the first twentythree volumes; it was succeeded by a section entitled in Volume XXIV, Numbers 1 and 2, "Friends of the Princeton Library," which became in Volume XXIV, Number 3 - reflecting the change of the official name of the organization--" Friends of the Princeton University Library." During its entire existence "Biblia" was edited by Lawrence Heyl, while its successor was the responsibility of Alexander D. Wainwright and Earle E. Coleman. For Volume I, Number 1 through Volume II, Number i "Library Notes and Queries" was written by Malcolm O. Young; for Volume III, Number 1 by E.D.H. Johnson; and for Volume III, Number 3 by William Ringler. "New and Notable" first appeared in Volume V, Number 3, and from that issue through Volume X, Number 2, it was written by Miss Verna E. Bayles; in Volume X, Numbers 3 and 4, it was written by Alexander D. Wainwright.


The Chronicle was founded as a quarterly, with issues scheduled to appear during the academic year in November, February, April, and June. Beginning with Volume XI the issues were scheduled for Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer. With Volume XXIV, in order to make the publication schedule conform to the academic calendar, the periodicity was reduced to three times a year, Autumn, Winter, and Spring. From the beginning the Chronicle has been printed by the Princeton University Press, with the illustrations by the Meriden Gravure Company.


The following special issues should be noted:


Princeton Archives Number. Volume I, Number 4


War Number. Volume II, Number 3


The Garrett Collection of Manuscripts. Volume III, Number 4


Edmund Wilson. Volume V, Number 2


James Boyd. Volume VI, Number 2


John Peale Bishop. Volume VII, Number 2


The Morris L. Parrish Collection of Victorian Novelists. Volume VIII, Number 1 and Volume XVII, Number 2


Ford Madox Ford. Volume IX, Number 3


Philip Ashton Rollins and the Rollins Collection of Western Americana. Volume IX, Number 4


Cyrus H. McCormick Collection. Volume X, Number 1


Dedication of the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library. Volume X, Number 4


Grenville Kane and the Kane Collection. Volume XI, Number 1 George McLean Harper and the Harper Papers. Volume XI, Number 2


F. Scott Fitzgerald. Volume XII, Number 4


Moby-Dick. Volume XIII, Number 2


Booth Tarkington Volume XVI Number 2


Woodrow Wilson. Volume XVII, Number 3


William Faulkner. Volume XVIII, Number 3. Associate Editor: James B. Meriwether, then a graduate student at Princeton University


Sinclair Hamilton Collection of American Illustrated Books. Volume XX, Number i


John James Audubon. Volume XXI, Numbers 1 and 2


Seven Princeton Poets. Volume XXV, Number 1. Guest Editor: Sherman Hawkins, Assistant Professor of English


Until 1942 there were no dues for membership in the Friends of the Princeton Library. Biblia was sent without charge to all members, as were the first two volumes and Volume 111, Number i of the Chronicle. The remaining three numbers of Volume III were sent only to those members who paid a small subscription fee. Biblia was supported by contributions from a few Friends, while the initial appearance of the Chronicle was made possible by the generosity of two members of the Council, Andre deCoppet and David H. McAlpin. As of July 1, 1942, dues were required for membership in the Friends and the dues included the subscription to the Chronicle, which was once again sent to all members. Separate subscriptions, mainly from institutional libraries, have been accepted since the beginning of publication. With Volume XXV the total annual subscription list, including both members of the Friends and separate subscribers, had exceeded 1,500.


For the guidance of users of this Index certain technicalities need also to be noted. All signed contributions have been indexed under the author's name, set in small capitals, and under the principal subjects treated. They are not, however, indexed by title. For example, James Holly Hanford's article entitled "'Ut Spargam.': Thomas Hollis Books at Princeton" will be found under: "HANFORD, JAMES HOLLY. . . "; and under "Hollis, Thomas ... but not under "Ut. . . ."


In this respect the Index aims to be complete. Beyond this it must necessarily be considered selective. Significant information contained in the body of an article or note has been indexed under appropriate headings, but this is not a concordance listing - every mention of a person, place or book. Names of donors are indexed only when there is a substantial description of the gift. More extensive lists of individual donors will be found in the section of each issue entitled "Biblia," where the meetings and activities of the Friends of the Princeton University Library are also regularly recorded. Since it was not possible to analyze systematically and in detail the several comprehensive exhibition catalogues which have been printed in the Chronicle, attention is called to the following:


"Moby-Dick by Herman Melville: A Century of an American Classic," X111:63-118


"The Rittenhouse Orrery; A Check-list of Items shown in the Exhibition," XV: 194-2o6


"The Andre deCoppet Collection of American Historical Manuscripts; A Catalogue of an Exhibition," XVI:166-181


"Woodrow Wilson; Catalogue of an Exhibition ... Commemorating the Centennial of His Birth," XVII:113-i62


"Americans in Paris," XV11:191-259


"The World of John James Audubon," XXI:9-88


"The Literary Career of William Faulkner," XXI:111-i64


"Letters of English Authors from the Collection of Robert H. Taylor," XXI:200-236


Numerical references are in general to volume and page: for example, XXI: 25-42. In the case of Volume I, where the four successive issues are separately paginated, the issue number follows the roman numeral indicating the volume: for example, I, 3:9-12. References to the Chronicle's predecessor publication Biblia, which was not paginated, follow this pattern: Biblia, IX, 2 [6-7]. The Arabic numeral following the Roman numeral refers to the issue; the numbers within square brackets indicate pages.


Following the general index is a separate "Index to Illustrations." The Chronicle has regularly published reproductions of unique or rare materials in the Library's collections, including title-pages of books, manuscripts, drawings, portraits and other graphic materials. These have been indexed under the author's or artist's name, as well as under the appropriate subject heading. It is hoped that this separate index will facilitate the location and identification of this store of pictorial documents.


Within the limitations mentioned above, we believe that this Index will provide a reliable key to the contents of the first twenty-five volumes of the Chronicle and the ten volumes of Biblia, and thus become a useful guide to the varied resources of the Princeton University Library.


The Index has been compiled by Mrs. Nancy N. Coffin with the assistance of the Editorial Board.




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