Wild Lives: Catesby, Audubon, Lear, and Ford — October 16, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.


Please join us for Wild Lives: Catesby, Audubon, Lear, and Ford: an afternoon of talks sponsored by the Cotsen Children’s Library, the Graphic Arts Collection, and the Friends of the Princeton University Library. The program will be in Guyot Hall Auditorium, Princeton University on 16 October 2016 from 2:00-4:30 p.m.

Speakers include Robert McCracken Peck, ‘74 is Curator of Art and Senior Fellow at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Wild Lives: Catesby, Audubon, Lear, and Ford University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on science and art, including his newest: The Natural History of Edward Lear (2016).  A Princeton alumnus, Peck has received honors from the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Explorers Club, and the Garden Club of America for his contributions to exploration and natural history.

Aaron M. Bauer is the Gerald M. Lemole Professor of Integrative Biology at Villanova University and Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Comparative Zoology (Harvard University), California Academy of Sciences and Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.  His research interests are in reptile systematics, morphology and biogeography and the history of natural history from the 16th to 19th centuries.

Neal Woodman is a Research Zoologist with the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Curator of Mammals at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.  His scientific research focuses on taxonomy, systematics, and functional anatomy of mammals, but he occasionally pursues topics in the history of natural history and has published on Major Stephen H. Long’s Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, mammals described by the early nineteenth-century natural historian Constantine S. Rafinesque, and mammals in Chaucer’s “The Pardoner’s Tale.”

Walton Ford’s grand scale watercolors of animals expand upon the visual language of traditional natural history painting, meditating on the often violent and bizarre moments at the intersection of human culture and the natural world.  Although human figures rarely appear in his paintings, their presence is always implied. His work is included in a number of private and public collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art.  Most recently, he exhibited his work at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris.  In 2010-2011, Ford’s midcareer retrospective traveled from the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum Fur Gegenwart in Berlin, to the Albertina in Vienna and to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. Ford lives and works in New York City.

The program is free and no reservations are required but for more information, contact Ian Dooley at 609-258-1148 or idooley@princeton.edu

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Image: Edward Lear, Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidæ, or Parrots (London: E. Lear, 1832). Rare Book Division, Firestone Library, Princeton University.

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New Finding Aids for May and June 2016

 Princeton Committee on Palestine Records, Princeton University Archives, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library. Online here.

Princeton Committee on Palestine Records, Princeton University Archives, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library. Online here.

New finding aids include the following:

A. Frederick Gerstell Collection of Military Materials (MC286)

A. Frederick Gerstell is a member of the Princeton University Class of 1960. The collection is composed of mostly World War II-era correspondence, photographs, and ephemera collected by Gerstell. Much of the collection includes materials created by well-known U.S. military officials such as Mark W. Clark, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, George Marshall, Chester W. Nimitz, George S. Patton, and others. There are also materials created by British officers and by Nazi Party leader Heinrich Himmler.

Alchemy manuscript, 18th century (C0938 no. 701)

Collection of alchemical texts or extracts in French, with additional texts or extracts on astronomy, astrology, Cabala, and Rosacrucianism that was collected by an anonymous French compiler for personal use, chiefly from printed works dating from circa 1600-1751, such as the Museum Hermeticum (1678), Abraham Lambspring, De lapide philosophico; Mathurin Eyquem, seigneur du Martineau, Le tombeau de Sémiramis; and Béroalde de Verville, Recueil stéganographique.

“Almanach universel”, circa 1689 (C0938 no. 702)

Anonymous text containing predictions for a 28-year cycle of solar years, 1689-1716.

Archiving Student Activism at Princeton (ASAP) Collection (AC437)

The Princeton University Archives launched the Archiving Student Activism at Princeton (ASAP) initiative in December of 2015 to collect and preserve individual and organizational records created by Princeton students who engage in activism on a broad range of issues and perspectives, both on campus and off. The records in this collection document a range of political and social issues, including sexual assault, gender equality, immigration, refugee crises (Syria), racism and anti-racism.

Clay Project Records (AC440)

The Princeton Clay Project is an initiative launched in January of 2016 by two first-year undergraduate students, Avigail Gilad and Chiara Ficarelli, to raise funds and awareness for the Amal Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships for Syrian refugees at the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan to attend college. The Clay Project Records document the initiative’s first semester of fundraising activities for the Amal Scholarship Fund.

College Republicans Records (AC441)

The Princeton University College Republicans are the official student group on campus of the National Republican Party. The College Republican Records consist primarily of photographs from College Republican events, campaigning, and social media.

David Lewis Papers (C1520)

David Kellogg Lewis (1941-2001) was an American philosopher who taught at Princeton University and the University of California, Los Angeles and contributed to metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of science, decision theory, epistemology, meta-ethics, and aesthetics. Lewis’s papers include over four decades of his correspondence with other philosophers and scholars, including David M. Armstrong, J. J. C. Smart, Frank Jackson, D. H. Mellor, M. J. Cresswell, Allen Hazen, John Bigelow, and others, as well as drafts of his articles, books, reviews, and unpublished writings with related correspondence, his undergraduate and graduate student papers and class notes, research materials from his time at the Hudson Institute, photographs of Lewis with friends and fellow philosophers, and a group of files kept by the Australian philosopher David M. Armstrong regarding Lewis.

Francesco Maria Pompeo Colonna “Des principes phisiques de l’astrologie judiciaire, avec une ample explication des termes dont les astrologues se servent dans leur art. Par Monsieur Colonne” (C0938 no. 700)

Colonna’s manuscript treatise on “judicial astrology,” or the use of astrology to determine future events.

“In cosmographiam. Praefatio”; “Commentatio de re nautica”, mid 16th century (Princeton MS. 236)

Anonymous, unpublished Latin text manuscript from France concerning cosmography written in a single cursive hand with topical headings and changes or additions written in one or more contemporary hands in the outer margins.

Ivy Council Records (AC438)

The Ivy Council, founded in 1993, is a non-profit organization comprised of student leaders from all eight Ivy League universities. Its mission is to promote inter-campus communication and collaboration between the student governments of its member schools. The Ivy Council records document the group’s activities from 2013 to 2016.

Monique Fong Wust Collection of Octavio Paz (C1529)

Contains correspondence with Octavio Paz and French translator and friend Monique Fong Wust, 1961-1977. Includes 28 letters signed “Octavio Paz”; then signed “Octavio” including 11 autograph letters, 16 typescript letters with autograph notes and 1 telegram, 43 pages (size varies), in Spanish (one letter in French, one in English). There is one carbon copy of a letter of Octavio Paz to the Cultural Program of the XIX Olympics held in Mexico, carbon of the poem “México: Olimpíada de 1968.” Other correspondence to Fong Wust includes Robert Lebel, Marie-Jo Paz, and Juan García de Oteyza. Also included are original English typescripts of “The Centurions of Santiago” with corrections and additions from Paz and Fong Wust, an annotated and corrected printed copy of Paz’s Apariencia desnuda. La obra de Marcel Duchamp for French translation, and various printed ephemera about related Paz events.

Muslim Students Association (AC436)

The Muslim Students Association is a student organization at Princeton University dedicated to uniting the Muslim community at Princeton through a variety of year-round religious and social events. The association, which consists of both undergraduate and graduate students, was established in 1995 but has origins on campus as far back as the 1970s, at least. The Muslim Students Association records document the group’s activities during the spring of 2016.

Princeton Committee on Palestine Records (AC444)

The Princeton Committee on Palestine is an organization at Princeton University that stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people against injustice and in defense of human rights. The Princeton Committee on Palestine Records consists of materials related to the Princeton Divests campaign.

Princeton Equality Project Records (AC445)

The Princeton Equality Project, founded in 2010, is an activist group focused on LGBT issues. The Princeton Equality Project records document the the group’s activities during the 2015-2016 school year.

Princeton Hidden Minority Council Records (AC435)

The Princeton Hidden Minority Council (PHMC) is a student organization at Princeton University dedicated to supporting and advocating for students who are the first in their families to attend college or are from low income circumstances (FLI). The Princeton Hidden Minority Council Records document the development of the organization as well as its programs and campaigns.The records include files related to governance such as executive board position descriptions, the organization’s constitution, and email communications between board members; files related to events, programs and outreach including flyers presentations and planning documents; and email communications including messages addressed to the group’s email address and messages sent to its listserv.

Princeton Swara Records (AC443)

Princeton Swara is a student organization that promotes Indian classical music. The Princeton Swara records document the group’s activities through spring 2016.

Saqui de Sannes Family Correspondence (C1521)

Consists of professional and personal correspondence of an aristocratic family from Provence. Most of the letters date from 1756 to 1848 and illustrate how the family negotiated its place during France’s Revolutionary era.

Toni Morrison Papers (C1491)

Toni Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford, 1931) is a Nobel prize-winning American author, editor, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. The material described in this finding aid consists of manuscripts, drafts, galleys, and proofs of Morrison’s novels; personal correspondence; editorial files relating to Morrison’s work at Random House and later publication of two posthumous works by Toni Cade Bambara; and academic and teaching files, particularly pertaining to SUNY Albany and Princeton University. Other material from the collection, including drafts of non-fiction, theatrical, and children’s literature, office working files, published books, press clippings, photographs, audiovisual materials, awards and memorabilia will be added as processing is completed.

William M. Leary Collection on H. Alexander Smith (MC285)

William M. Leary (1934-2006) was an aviation historian who wrote his doctoral thesis on the politician H. Alexander Smith. The collection is composed of materials that Leary consulted in the process of writing his doctoral thesis on Smith, along with a manuscript of his thesis and materials related to Leary himself. The consulted materials include a small amount of Smith’s correspondence and writings and a syllabus from a politics class he taught at Princeton University in 1929. Other materials pertaining to Smith include recollections of Smith written by his family members and his executive assistant; date books from the years 1918 and 1919, kept by an unidentified associate of Smith’s in the Commission for Relief in Belgium and the Food Administration; printed materials from some of the World War I-era relief organizations Smith was involved with; and four photographs of Smith, including one inscribed to Leary.


New additions to existing collections were added to the following finding aids:

Alicia Ostriker Papers (C0910)

Alicia Ostriker (1937- ) is a Jewish-American feminist literary critic and poet whose work explores themes of family, social justice, Jewish identity, Biblical stories and characters, and the relationship between gender and literature. The collection consists of drafts of her poems, articles, nonfiction books, essays, reviews, and student writings, personal and professional correspondence with fellow poets, family, and friends, teaching and research files, drafts and recordings of lectures and readings, and subject files. Accessions received from Ostriker since 2010 were integrated into the existing finding aid and comprise additional personal correspondence; draft materials, including for her more recent books, The Book of Seventy (2009), At the Revelation Restaurant and Other Poems (2010), and The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog (2014); teaching and research materials pertaining to courses she taught as a professor in the Department of English at Rutgers University from 1965 to 2004 and poetry and midrash writing workshops she led at various institutions; and recordings of some of her readings.

Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science Records, Robert G. Jahn Subseries (AC162)

The Robert G. Jahn subseries consists primarily of correspondence and subject files documenting Dean Jahn’s administration of the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 1971 to 1986. The records include Jahn’s handwritten notes, memoranda, printed reports and internal reviews, meeting agendas and minutes, talks, papers and publications by Jahn and others. The files contain Jahn’s correspondence with individuals inside and outside the university, as well as with businesses and foundations regarding sponsorships, grants, and development.

Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Collection of Manuscripts, Correspondence, and Photographs (C0962)

Recent additions to this open collection of manuscript material related to the print collections of Leonard L. Milberg (Princeton Class of 1953) include an autograph letter, dated 1853 July 5 [sic], from Mordecai Manuel Noah (1785-1851) to Jacques Judah Lyons (1813-1877), minister of Congregation Shearith Israel, concerning the Jewish community in Buffalo, New York, with a typed transcription of the letter; and a manuscript of Peri Alonim, a compendium of Hebrew abbreviations “to ease a student’s education” by Samuel Robles de Medina, written in Hebrew by the author’s son, David ben Samuel Robles de Medina.

M. L. Parrish Collection of Victorian Novelists (C0171)

Some recent additions to this collection, consisting of the library of books, manuscripts, photographs, artwork, and ephemera as originally collected by Morris Longstreth Parrish and subsequently added to by Princeton University Library, include: William Harrison Ainsworth’s 2-volume manuscript, “True Account of Jack Sheppard the Housebreaker…” (1837-1838) which comprises a collection of autograph manuscripts, drafts, and notes of the historical novel Jack Sheppard, including the greater part of “Epoch the First,” “Epoch the Second” and “Epoch the Third” together with a synopsis of the novel under the earlier title “Scroope Darrell,” and historical notes and extracts on the history of Jack Sheppard; Wilkie Collins’ manuscript, “Fie! Fie! or, The Fair Physician” (circa 1882) with extensive revisions by the author throughout; and an album of proof engravings and other illustrations and manuscript materials by Frederick Walker and William Makepeace Thackeray collected by J. G. Marks (circa 1861-1871).

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New Finding Aids for March and April 2016

 James Monroe letter book as Minister to France, 1794-1795 (C0938 No. 699)

James Monroe letter book as Minister to France, 1794-1795 (C0938 No. 699)

New finding aids include the following:

Sir Stuart Samuel Travel Diary (N-000359)

This diary, written by British politician Sir Stuart Montagu Samuel (1856-1926), documents a visit that he and his brother, Herbert Samuel, made to the United States and Canada in 1888.

Richard Ullman Papers (MC282)

Richard Ullman (1933-2014) was a scholar of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. The collection documents Ullman’s involvement with the CFR’s 1980s Project and with the State Department’s Kosovo History Project. The collection also includes materials related to Ullman’s first major scholarly publication, the three-volume Anglo-Soviet Relations, 1917-1971, as well as correspondence and subject files pertaining more generally to his later academic career.

John L. Swift Papers (MC283)

John Longworth Swift (1922-2013) was senior engineer and vice president of the Development and Resources Corporation (D and R). The majority of the collection pertains to Swift’s work for D and R, especially his supervision of the Dez Dam project in the Khuzestan region of Iran, though other domestic projects and projects involving the nations of Vietnam, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Uruguay and others are also documented. In addition, the collection contains D and R’s administrative records from the late 1960s and early 1970s, particularly internal correspondence and notes regarding the general policies and restructuring of D and R.

T. A. Barron Papers (C1522)

T. A. Barron (1952- ) is an American writer of fantasy literature, books for children and young adults, and nature books. The collection consists of his literary and personal papers, including manuscripts and other draft materials, copies of his books and related promotional materials, international editorial correspondence, articles and speeches, personal journals and letters, fan mail, and correspondence with other authors.

Domenico di Francesco Cecchini “De conscribendis epistolis” (C0938 No. 698)

A notebook used by Domenico di Francesco Cecchini (flourished 1660s), who was perhaps a professional secretary, primarily for his unpublished epistolary manual, “De conscribendis epistolis.” Most of the text is a formulary of letters in Italian and Latin, written by Cecchini himself in a cursive hand.

James Monroe letter book as Minister to France (C0938 No. 699)

Dating from September 1794 to December 1795, this secretarial copy letter book contains 112 letters written by Monroe while he was serving as Minister to France to both American and European leaders. Although Monroe published a significant number of these letters in his “A view of the conduct of the executive, in the foreign affairs of the United States, connected with the mission to the French Republic, during the years 1794, 5, & 6” (1797), the letterbook includes eighteen previously unknown or unpublished letters and twelve with previously unrecorded corrections in Monroe’s hand.

New additions to existing collections were added to the following finding aids:

Joseph Frank Correspondence (C1515)

Joseph Frank (1918-2013) was an American literary scholar best known for his five-volume biography of Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky, which he began in the early 1970s and completed in 2002. Recent additions to the Joseph Frank Correspondence include more correspondence with authors, friends, and family dating from the 1960s until 2013, including several additional letters from Yves Bonnefoy and Pierre Bourdieu, condolence letters sent to Marguerite Straus Frank following his death, printed materials inscribed to him, clippings, an interview transcript, and a small amount of miscellaneous writings by Frank, including notes from his PhD coursework at the University of Chicago, and some copies and corrected drafts of reviews and articles.

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New Finding Aids for February 2016

Nassau Hall on a rainy evening; 2007 November 26; Nat Clymer Photographic Collection, Princeton University Archives, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library. Online here.

Nassau Hall on a rainy evening; 2007 November 26; Nat Clymer Photographic Collection (AC425), Princeton University Archives, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library. Online here.

New finding aids include the following:

C. Leroy Ellenberger Correspondence Concerning Immanuel Velikovsky (C1518)

Consists of the correspondence of C. Leroy Ellenberger, one-time advocate and now critic of Immanuel Velikovsky, which relate to an article he published in the journal Kronos regarding the publication of Velikovsky’s Stargazers and Gravediggers: Memoirs to Worlds in Collision (1983).

Frédéric Gaillardet Manuscripts (C1519)

Consists of several manuscripts, some of which are unpublished, by French lawyer, politician, and writer, Frédéric Gaillardet (1808-1882), including a partial manuscript draft of L’Aristocratie en Amérique (Paris, 1883) and several other manuscripts, notes, documents, and clippings, primarily relating to Gaillardet’s time and travels in the United States, Canada, and Cuba from 1837 to 1848, particularly his time in Louisiana, Mississippi, and other southern states. Also included are manuscript drafts of unpublished plays and other writings.

“Heures contenant les prières pour dire pendant la messe ecrite(!) par Nicolas Sordoillet maître sculpteur à Dijon 1748.” (C0938 No. 696)

Hybrid manuscript prayer book in French, written and illustrated by the Burgundian sculptor Nicolas Sordoillet (born 1703; flourished 1740-1748) for his personal devotional use. Sordoillet painted three grisaille illustrations (pages 2-4), depicting the Virgin Mary, the Crucifixion, and a Guardian Angel leading a child. He also extra-illustrated the volume with six etchings on paper (not paginated) from a larger series of devotional illustrations, known collectively as La petite passion, by the French illustrator Jacques Callot (1592-1635). The prayer book is referred to as “Heures,” but is a series of vernacular French prayers to Christ and does not take the form of a book of hours.

Robert B. Oakley Papers (MC280)

Robert B. Oakley (1931-2014) was a Foreign Service Officer who served as U.S. Ambassador to Zaire, Somalia, and Pakistan. The collection consists of a comprehensive oral history with Oakley, along with his various speeches, articles, and papers on the topics of U.S. diplomacy and foreign relations, especially as these issues pertain to political instability in Pakistan and the Middle East, U.S. policies on terrorism, humanitarian disasters, and U.S. intervention in Somalia.

Nat Clymer Photographic Collection (AC425)

Nat Clymer was as a contract photographer for Princeton University from the early 1980s until the early 2000s. In his decades documenting different aspects of campus life and culture, Clymer was assigned to many departments and units of the university, most notably the Princeton Alumni Weekly. The photographs span Clymer’s career as a contracter photographer for the university. The collection offers a vivid portrayal of the University’s campus through portraiture of buildings, faculty, students, and alumni engaged in a wide variety of activities.

Wright Family Papers (AC419)

The Wright Family Papers consist of correspondence received at Princeton University by Harry H. Wright, class of 1903, and his son Richard R. Wright, class of 1935, during their undergraduate years, as well as printed postcards and class directories, a songbook and Daily Princetonian style book. The Wright family owned a farm in Allentown, New Jersey, and the correspondence reflects family news, domestic and farm life at the turn of the twentieth century and again during the 1930s.


New additions to existing collections were added to the following finding aids:

Reynaldo Hahn Correspondence (C1386)

A 2016 purchase includes two new letters (1911, 1932) addressed to Albert Gavy-Bélédin.

This collection consists primarily of letters written by Reynaldo Hahn, the Venezuelan born, fin de siècle French composer. The largest body of letters is addressed to Hélène Vacaresco, totaling 42 distinct letters from Hahn. Also present are letters to Hélène’s mother, Euphrosine Vacaresco (Eufrosina Fălcoianu). Other recipients include Alfred de Vigny, Albert Gavy-Bélédin, Sully Prudhomme, and other unidentified individuals. Additionally, non-correspondence materials include a manuscript regarding César Franck, personalized calling cards annotated by Hahn, and a title page of a musical composition titled, “Adieu”.

Paul A. Volcker Papers (MC279)

Series 8: Independent Committee of Eminent Persons (ICEP) and Other Groups, 1988-2010, consists of four boxes of records from the Independent Committee of Eminent Persons (also known as the Volcker Commission), which investigated bank accounts in Swiss banks that had remained dormant since World War II. The series also includes one box containing a phone log book and materials related to Volcker’s service on boards or in advisory capacities with various organizations.

Arthur H. Thornhill Papers (C0882)

Additions to Series 4: Author Photographs, 1930-1988, were a bequest of the Arthur Thornhill, Jr., estate and include additional black-and-white photographs of Norman Mailer, Edward W. Brooke, Lillian Hellman, Henry Kissinger, Katherine Anne Porter, and others, some of which are inscribed to Arthur Thornhill, Jr. Also included are photographs of Thornhill at publishing events, Princeton alumni events, and with other staff at Little, Brown and Company.

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New Publication: The Sino-Japanese War and Youth Literature


Minjie Chen, Project Cataloger for the East Asian collection of the Cotsen Children’s Library, just published her thesis The Sino-Japanese War and Youth Literature: Friends and Foes on the Battlefield with Routledge. Her book investigates how the history of the Sino-Japanese War (1937-45) and ethnic Chinese experience during World War II have been reflected in information sources accessible to young people in China and the United States. This project joins a rich body of scholarly works on the representation of World War II in youth-oriented books and media, but is the first monograph to focus on the ways in which Chinese and English sources portray the war fought in the Asia-Pacific theatre between Imperial Japan and China. Primary sources collected and analyzed in this study include Chinese children’s literature, illustrated story books, oral narratives by survivors of Japanese biological warfare in the Province of Zhejiang, China, and American juvenile fiction. Through content analysis, literary criticism, visual analysis, and socio-political critique, Chen’s work unveils the dominant pattern of war stories, traces chronological changes over the seven decades from 1937 to 2007, and teases out how the history of the Sino-Japanese War has been constructed, censored, and utilized to serve shifting agendas.


Content analysis of Chinese illustrated story books about the Sino-Japanese War generated a big picture of how the history has been selectively covered, retold, and re-imagined for postwar generations.


In addition to examining print materials, this study conducted interviews in Zhejiang, a Chinese province that had been a major target of Japan’s biological warfare attacks in the early 1940s. It compared the master narrative of the war as found in publicly available sources and the wartime experience as privately recalled by Chinese women in their eighties and nineties.


One of the Cotsen Children’s Library materials that were discussed in the book: A semi-weekly Children’s Morning Paper launched in Shanghai in 1932. (Call number: 92125)

This book benefited from Cotsen’s invaluable collection of Chinese-language materials, resulting in a fuller description of the birth of Chinese children’s literature during the twilight of the Qing dynasty, as well as an enhanced understanding of how publishing for youth was influenced by China’s prolonged sense of insecurity under Japan’s military threat from 1894 through 1945.

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