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Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

  • Robert H. Taylor Collection of English and American Literature

    The collection consists of manuscripts, letters, and documents of numerous andvaried authors and artists that span nearly five centuries of English andAmerican literature. There is a variety of related material, such as such asartwork, illustrated albums, letterbooks, and photographs.

    Authors most extensively represented include the so-called "Taylor authors"-MaxBeerbohm (with numerous caricatures and drawings, correspondence andmanuscripts), Alexander Pope, Richard Brinsley Sheridan; George Gordon Byron,and Anthony Trollope.

    Other writers significantly represented in the collection, with regard tomanuscripts and/or letters, are: the Brontë family (Anne, Charlotte, andPatrick), Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Benjamin Robert Haydon, Henry James,George Bernard Shaw, Lytton Strachey, Alfred Tennyson, William MakepeaceThackeray, the Trollope family (Frances Milton, Henry Merivale, T. Adolphus, andFrances Eleanor), Oscar Wilde, and Virginia Woolf. The major artists includeWilliam Blake, Hablot Knight Browne ("Phiz"), George Cruikshank, Edward Lear,John Everett Millais, William Makepeace Thackeray, and J. M. W. Turner.

    Note: A listing of Taylor Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts (Series 4) isincluded as a reference for researchers, but full textual and codicologicaldescriptions of them will eventually be published in a "Catalogue of Medievaland Renaissance Manuscripts in the Princeton University Library."

  • Roger Sessions Scores

    The collection contains the manuscripts of Sessions' compositions reflecting his useof the 12-tone system of composition and ranging from exercises and studies toconcertos, sonatas, operas ("Lancelot and Elaine" and "Montezuma"), and symphonies (1through 9). Also included are miscellaneous musical works such as divertimenti,nocturnes, chorale studies, quintets, and the cantata "When Lilacs Last in theDooryard Bloom'd." In addition, there are manuscripts for two prose works, "TheMusical Experience," a lecture delivered at the Julliard School of Music in 1947, andan article, "To the Editor," which appeared in Perspectives of New Music in 1967.Additions to the papers include ozalid copies of various cantatas, concertos,symphonies, and miscellaneous works, original scores for a violin concerto, sketchesfor Symphony No. 1, correspondence with Luigi Dallapiccola and two musicalmanuscripts by Jean Binet. New additions include a small "Composer's notebook" whichhe carried in his pocket; two letters to Carl Miller, an ALS to Arthur Mende; aletter dated Jan. 14, 2001, from Anne Welch Gordon to "Princeton University MusicDept." regarding giving the "Composer's notebook and the correspondence to the MusicLibrary; an unidentified manuscript, and photocopies of correspondence.For information on the Roger Sessions Society, visit: http://www.uncwil.edu/music/sessionssociety/

  • Ruth Bernhard Papers

    This collection documents over seventy years of Ruth Bernhard's life, from her startas a serious photographer in the 1930s, at a time when photography was gaining statusas a fine art form, until her death in 2006 at age 101, by which time she wasinternationally well-known both for her contributions to the field of photography andfor her long and successful teaching career. Though some photographs from her earlylife in Germany are present, as well as occasional materials from her early career,such as photocopies of correspondence with her mentor, Edward Weston, the majority ofmaterials in the collection pertain to Bernhard's activities from the 1960s throughthe early 2000s.The papers contain a wide array of materials relevant to Bernhard's personal andprofessional life, including personal and business correspondence and papers relatedto her career as a professional photographer and teacher of photography, a smallamount of photographic work, some manuscripts and proofs for her published andunpublished books and portfolios, publicity materials, exhibition and auctioncatalogs and brochures, photography props, teaching materials and hand-outs,appointment books, and a large collection of memorabilia, including snapshots ofBernhard, collected fine art photographs and artwork by others, photograph albums,gifts, personal effects, and awards. Occasional audio and visual materials are alsopresent, including slides, cassette tapes, and VHS tapes documenting various events,awards ceremonies, interviews, and lectures, as well as some kept for personalinterest.Absent from the papers are Bernhard's silver gelatin prints and original negatives,which are held by the Princeton University Art Museum. It should also be noted thatBernhard disposed of many of her 8 x 10" negatives, especially her commercial work,when she stopped photographing in 1976, resulting in the lack of materials related tomuch of her commercial photography in the papers.Item description was provided by the Princeton University Art Museum. Though thislegacy description deviates substantially from standard archival descriptionpractices, it was retained in order to avoid the loss of potentially valuableinformation. Researchers should keep this in mind when using this description tonavigate the collection, referring to series and subseries-level description for abroader summary of contents. It should also be noted that throughout this itemdescription, "Ruth Bernhard" has often been abbreviated as "RB."

  • Selected Papers of Alfred S. Dashiell

    The collection consists of papers of Dashiell (Princeton Class of 1923) related tohis editorial work at Scribner's and The Reader's Digest.There are several folders of Thomas Wolfe material, including letters,memorabilia, and four incomplete manuscripts, including one for "The Train and theCity." Other authors represented in the collection, generally by one or two letters,include Struthers Burt, Henry Seidel Canby, Robert Frost, Hendrik Willem Van Loon, H.L. Mencken, James Thurber, Franklin P. Adams, Thomas Hornsby Ferril, John Dewey, andCarl Sandburg. A brief disclaimer in the hand of Ernest Hemingway, which appearedwith the serialization of A Farewell to Arms, is alsoincluded.

  • Selected Papers of Alfred S. Dashiell

    The collection consists of papers of Dashiell (Princeton Class of 1923) related tohis editorial work at Scribner's and The Reader's Digest.There are several folders of Thomas Wolfe material, including letters,memorabilia, and four incomplete manuscripts, including one for "The Train and theCity." Other authors represented in the collection, generally by one or two letters,include Struthers Burt, Henry Seidel Canby, Robert Frost, Hendrik Willem Van Loon, H.L. Mencken, James Thurber, Franklin P. Adams, Thomas Hornsby Ferril, John Dewey, andCarl Sandburg. A brief disclaimer in the hand of Ernest Hemingway, which appearedwith the serialization of A Farewell to Arms, is alsoincluded.

  • Selected Papers of Neilson Abeel

    The collection consists of selected papers of Abeel (1902-1949, Princeton Class of 1924), including typescript and carbon copies of about 24 poems ("New JerseyEvening," "Gay Head," "Homecoming," etc.); letters by John Finley, WilsonFarrand, Edith Bolling Wilson, and others; and miscellaneous documents,photographs, and printed matter. Also contains papers of Rev. John Neilson Abeel(1769-1812, Princeton Class of 1787). Neilson Abeel is related to but does notappear to be directly descended from John Neilson Abeel.

  • Theodore Watts-Dunton Collection

    The collection consists of selected letters and a manuscript poem by Theodore Watts-Dunton. There are twenty-eight letters (1906-1913) to his friends Mr. andMrs. Walter Jerrold, with a signed Christmas poem Watts-Dunton wrote for them,titled "A Gypsy Child's Christmas." There are eight letters (1905-1910) toeditor Sir John Alexander Hammerton in which Watts-Dunton writes about GeorgeMeredith's tribute to Swinburne and gives Hammerton permission to reprintSwinburne's sonnet on Dickens and Watts-Dunton's own sonnet "Dickens Returns onChristmas Day." In his four letters (1913) to critic Francis Bickley,Watts-Dunton discusses Bickley's articles on Swinburne and on Matthew Prior. Ina letter (1911) to the booksellers Henry Sotheran and Co., Watts-Duntondiscusses his work Aylwin. Other correspondentsinclude Ruth R. Chadwick, George Alexander Dewar, and Roden Noel.

  • Laurence Hutton Collection of Life and Death Masks

  • WPRB Records

    The records consist of various materials which document the origins and development
    of WPRB, including constitutions, by-laws, photographs, membership lists, clipped
    articles, board minutes, correspondence, and financial reports.The records are especially illustrative in their documentation of the station's
    beginnings. Nearly every piece of correspondence from station member H. Grant Theis
    is preserved, often with his own retrospective commentary attached. There are also
    several drafts of station histories, and large amounts of correspondence and
    technical reports detailing the station's move from AM to FM broadcasting.The records also contain a number of photographs of WPRB staff and facilities. These
    photographs have been left in their original locations, and are interspersed with the
    station records.

  • Woodrow Wilson School Policy Seminar Papers

    Consists of the final reports, as well as some syllabi and course materials from undergraduate policy conferences of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, as well from a graduate-level summer seminar held in the 1960s. Conference materials from the period 1930 to 1989 are in bound volumes, while conference materials from 1990 to the present are housed in archival boxes. The reports reflect at length on contemporary public policy issues, and represent the work of Princeton students under the guidance of faculty advisors.

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