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Rare Books

Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Curator of Rare Books

Grover Cleveland Library.
Location designator: CL

Contains 130 volumes from the library of Grover Cleveland, almost all of which are presentation copies to the President or his wife. Topics represented are chiefly biography, history, speeches by famous men, ethics and religion, and government publications. Also includes a large Bible.

The collection was acquired from Mr. Cleveland when he moved to Princeton in 1897. Alyn Brodsky, in his book Grover Cleveland: A study in character (New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000, pp. 408-410) explains that among the numerous crates of books shipped from Washington, D.C. were many presentation copies on subjects that didn't interest Cleveland. The Princeton University librarian was invited by Mr. Cleveland to pick out any of the unwanted books that the librarian wanted. The collection is separately arranged, classed and catalogued.