New Finding Aids for November and December 2015

Letter from Secretary of State Edward Livingston to Senator Littleton W. Tazewell, Chairman of the Committee of Foreign Relations, April 23, 1832 from Princeton University Library Collection of General John Ross Delafield Family Materials (C1508)  

Letter from Secretary of State Edward Livingston to Senator Littleton W. Tazewell, Chairman of the Committee of Foreign Relations, April 23, 1832 from Princeton University Library Collection of General John Ross Delafield Family Materials (C1508)

New finding aids include the following:

La verite des sciences natureles, circa 1605 (C0938 no. 692)

Likely one of the first French monographs about physiognomy, this manuscript was probably written in the years following the publication of the work “De la Sagesse” by Charon (1601), which is the latest book quoted by the author. The very dense text gives a detailed presentation of an elaborated theory of physiognomony, with more than 200 chapters and distinct sections. The anonymous author, who appears to have been astrologist, chiromancer, architect, and mathematician, first gives a general description of the body and the soul, after Hippocrates’ humoral theory, as well as the connections which bind them together, and the factors that influence the temperament. The author then follows with a very detailed enumeration, in various chapters of significations, of the physical particularities of each part of the body.

Analyse de la vie de l’abbé Raynal, circa 1800-1820 (N-000170) 

An anonymous, partially unpublished text about the life of Guillaume-Thomas-François Raynal, abbé de Raynal (1713-1796).  Most of the text is Raynal’s Address to King Louis XVI, published in Marseilles in 1789; however, there are also 33 unpublished pages devoted to finances.  Antoine Jay’s biography of Raynal, Précis historique sur la vie et les ouvrages de l’abbé Raynal, published in 1820, is very similar to this manuscript, though his work is missing several pages that this item contains, including the last leaf and one or two pages from the end the introduction.

Princeton University Library Collection of General John Ross Delafield Family Materials (C1508)

Consists of miscellaneous professional and personal papers created by various members of the Delafield, Livingston, and other related families, including Edward Livingston (1764-1836), Philip Livingston (1740-1810), and Philip Schuyler (1788-1865), among others. Materials about family members are also included.

William C. Seitz Notebooks (C1514)

William Chapin Seitz (1914-1974) was an art historian, painter, and museum curator who received the first PhD in modern art from Princeton University in 1955. The collection consists of ten notebooks Seitz kept for his early courses on ancient art and architecture in Princeton University’s Department of Art and Archaeology in 1949 and 1950. Notebooks contain reading and lecture notes, sketches of ancient sculptures and buildings, and clippings from art history textbooks, including reflections on lectures by Princeton professors E. Baldwin Smith and Richard Stillwell.

Program in Hellenic Studies Records (AC207)

The Program in Hellenic Studies Records document the academic and cultural offerings sponsored by the Program. The offerings include lectures, discussions, and colloquia led by faculty, fellows and visiting scholars, as well as concerts, exhibitions, and film screenings. The records also include annual reports of activities, lists of fellows, and related materials. The records primarily consist of email correspondence, reports, and promotional materials such as flyers and programs.

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

Sergio Pitol Papers (C1283)

A 2015 addition to the collection includes print out draft manuscripts with heavy handwritten edits and annotations of Pitol’s works dating from 2001-2010, which include drafts to El mago de Viena, La vida conjugal, and El Viaje.

The papers consist of Sergio Pitol’s diaries, journals, notebooks, handwritten, typescript, and print out manuscripts of literary works, correspondence, personal documents, and papers of others about Pitol. There are manuscripts of unpublished works such as “Conversaciones con Sergio Pitol” (unpublished); and published manuscripts El desfile del amor, Domar a la divina garza, El viaje, and La vida conyugal. Correspondence includes letters from friends, writers, artists, literary critics, agents, and publishers such as Rosario Castellanos, José Donoso, Carlos Fuentes, Witold Gombrowicz, María Luisa Mendoza (la China), Carlos Monsivaís, Augusto Monterroso, José Emilio Pacheco, Octavio Paz, Elena Poniatowska, Manuel Puig, Juan Soriano, and Juan Villoro among others.

07. January 2016 by Rare Books and Special Collections
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New Finding Aids for October 2015

“One Night’s Catch”; Salmon Fish Wheel and Operators in The Dalles, Oregon, 1894 from D.C. Herrin “Columbia River Scenery” Photographs (C1512).

“One Night’s Catch”; Salmon Fish Wheel and Operators in The Dalles, Oregon, 1894 from D. C. Herrin “Columbia River Scenery” Photographs (C1512).


New finding aids include the following:

D. C. Herrin “Columbia River Scenery” Photographs (C1512)

Consists of 13 mounted albumen card photographs from Oregon photographer D. C. Herrin’s “Columbia River Scenery” series that depict various scenes along the river, including views of waterfalls; sites such as The Dalles, the Columbia River Gorge, and Mount Hood; and steamships. Herrin took the photographs via The Dalles, Portland, & Astoria Navigation Company (DP&AN) steamers and via the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company (OR&N) line.

Textual amulet in Latin and Occitan, circa 1375-1425 (Princeton MS. 235)

Textual amulet for the bearer’s personal protection and healing, written and illustrated in Southern France on a parchment sheet, which was folded and worn on the body, probably in a pouch or purse. It was later pasted down on cardboard. Three columns (55, 23, 55 lines respectively) with brief apotropaic texts and images: (1) Readings from the Four Gospels; (2) “Nomina domini Ihesu Christi. Quils portara ab devocio no morta…,” with text in Latin and Occitan, first offering promises of protection, then listing 66 divine names for Christ, which are interspersed with crosses in red and blue; (3) Heavenly Letter, a version of an apocryphal Christian letter, ostensibly written by Christ to King Abgar V of Edessa (4 BCE-50CE), in Asia Minor (“Beatus est Abgare quia credisti in me…”); (4) “Protestacio ultilis. Firmiter Ihesum christum nazarenum esse filium dei et omnes articulis simbolum apostolicis et fide catholice… In cuius testimonium porto mecum presens scriptum.”; (5) “Arma Christi,” illustration of the Instruments of the Passion, executed in ink and color wash, with a surrounding inscription.


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

Elena Garro Papers (C0827)

A 2015 purchase includes 23 handwritten letters from Octavio Paz to Elena Garro dating from June to October 1935. These are the oldest letters that exist in the papers from the Paz-Garro correspondence, predating their marriage in 1937. The Elena Garro Papers consist of manuscripts, correspondence, notebooks, journals, photographs, and printed material of Mexican writer Elena Garro (1916-1998). Included in the papers is correspondence and personal documents of Garro’s daughter, Helena Paz Garro (1939-2014), a published poet.

Jean Labatut Papers (C0709)

A recent gift includes a 16mm lab copy of a film recorded by Jean Labatut as a passenger aboard the eastbound airship LZ 129 Hindenburg en route from Princeton University to the American School of Fine Arts at Fontainebleau, France, June 23-26, 1936, as it traveled between Lakehurst and Frankfurt am Main, by way of New York City, Saint John (New Brunswick), Prince Edward Island, Notre Dame Bay (Newfoundland), Isle of Man, Liverpool, Lincoln, Utrecht, Cologne, and the Rhine Valley (12 minutes, 44 seconds). The film was a gift of author John McPhee, Class of 1953, to whom Labatut lent it more than forty years ago when McPhee was researching his book The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed. A digital access copy of the film is available online through the finding aid.

05. November 2015 by Rare Books and Special Collections
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Nova Caesarea Awarded the Arline Custer Memorial Award

Nova Caesarea

In 2014, to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the naming of New Jersey, RBSC published Nova Caesarea: A Cartographic Record of the Garden State, 1666-1888 by curator of historic maps John Delaney. The work was a substantial updating of John Parr Snyder’s definitive work The Mapping of New Jersey, which had appeared in 1973. The new work covers all of the state’s twenty-one counties, focusing on their first wall maps and county atlases, in which the names of landowners are prominently displayed. Historically, the book ranges from the first printed map (1666) to chart the territory that became New Jersey to the state’s first topographical atlas (1888). (New Jersey holds the honor of being the first state in the union to be so thoroughly and scientifically surveyed.) As a companion to the book, an online website was created, containing high-resolution images of all of the maps and illustrations in the publication as well as most of its text:

In addition, the Dept. hosted an exhibition with the same name, utilizing a subset of the historical maps that the Library held in its collections. The exhibition ran in Firestone Library’s main gallery from 16 August 2014 to 25 January 2015.

Recently, Nova Caesarea was awarded the Arline Custer Memorial Award by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC). The award “recognizes the best books, articles, and exhibition catalogues published by MARAC members and other individuals and institutions in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.”  In its award announcement, Nova Caesarea was described as “a finely illustrated volume.”  One reviewer noted, “Would be nice to see every state have a companion volume.”  Another reviewer commented, “A really lovely collector’s piece. Beautifully done, high-quality images. Appealing to both New Jersey residents and map lovers.”

Copies of the book, in both a regular edition and a slipcased special edition, are available for purchase from Diane Publishing:

Regular edition:

Slipcased special edition, signed and numbered (350 total copies), containing a separate portfolio of large-format reproductions of the county wall maps:

03. November 2015 by Rare Books and Special Collections
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Submit Your Essay to Win the 2015-2016 Elmer Adler Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize

Attention Princeton Students:

Are you an avid collector of books, manuscripts, or other materials found in libraries? If so, consider submitting an essay about your collection for a chance to win the Elmer Adler Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize!


Image: (c) Jane and Louise Wilson, Oddments Room II (Voyages of the Adventure and Beagle), 2008. C-print, Edition of 4. Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York

Endowed from the estate of Elmer Adler, who for many years encouraged the collecting of books by Princeton undergraduates, this prize is awarded annually to an undergraduate student, or students, who, in the opinion of a committee of judges, have shown the most thought and ingenuity in assembling a thematically coherent collection of books, manuscripts, or other material normally collected by libraries. Please note that the rarity or monetary value of the student’s collection is not as important as the creativity and persistence shown in collecting and the fidelity of the collection to the goals described in a personal essay.

The personal essay is about a collection owned by the student. It should describe the thematic or artifactual nature of the collection and discuss with some specificity the unifying characteristics that have prompted the student to think of certain items as a collection. It should also convey a strong sense of the student’s motivations for collecting and what their particular collection means to them personally. The history of the collection, including collecting goals, acquisition methods, and milestones are of particular interest, as is a critical look at how the goals may have evolved over time and an outlook on the future development of the collection. Essays are judged in equal measures on the strength of the collection and the strength of the writing.

Winners will receive their prizes at the annual winter dinner of the Friends of the Princeton University Library, which they are expected to attend. The first-prize essay has the honor of representing Princeton University in the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. Please note that per the ABAA’s contest rules, the winning essay will be entered exactly as submitted to the Adler Prize contest, without possibility of revision.

Prize amounts:

First prize: $2000
Second prize: $1500
Third prize: $1000

The deadline for submission is Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Essays should be submitted via e-mail, in a Microsoft Word attachment, to Faith Charlton: They should be between 9-10 pages long, 12pt, double-spaced, with a 1-inch margin, and include a separate cover sheet with your name, class year, residential address, email address, and phone number. In addition to the essay, each entry should include a selected bibliography of no more than 3 pages detailing the items in the collection. Please note that essays submitted in file formats other than Microsoft Word, submitted without cover sheet, or submitted without a bibliography will not be forwarded to the judges. For inquiries, please contact Faith Charlton,

Recent Adler Prize winning essays:

Anna Leader ’18. “ ‘Like a Thunderstorm’; A Shelved Story of Love and Literature” PULC 76:3 (spring)

Rory Fitzpatrick ‘16. “The Search for the Shape of the Universe, One Book at a Time.” PULC 75:3 (spring)

Natasha Japanwala ’14. “Conversation Among the Ruins: Collecting Books By and About Sylvia Plath.” PULC 74:2 (winter)

Mary Thierry ’12. “Mirror, Mirror: American Daguerrean Portraits.” PULC 73:3 (spring)

Chloe Ferguson ’13. “The Farther Shore: Collection, Memory, and the East Asian Literary Tradition.” PULC 73:3 (spring)

Posted by Faith Charlton, Processing Archivist, Americana Collections, Rare Books and Special Collections

14. October 2015 by Rare Books and Special Collections
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New Finding Aids for September 2015

Photograph of Elena Garro, Gabriela Mora, and Helena Paz Garro taken at Mora's home in New York City, 1970. From the Gabriela Mora Collection on Elena Garro (C0994).

Photograph of Elena Garro, Gabriela Mora, and Helena Paz Garro taken at Mora’s home in New York City, 1970. From the Gabriela Mora Collection of Elena Garro (C0994).

New finding aids include the following:

Thomas Colchie ’64 Collection on Jorge Amado (C1450)

The collection consists of twenty-four audio cassette recorded interviews conducted by Thomas Colchie (Princeton University alumnus, Class of 1964) of or about Brazilian writer Jorge Amado. Recordings include interviews with Jorge Amado and other writers and artists speaking about Amado. Also includes photocopy documents about Amado’s political involvement as an elected representative in Brazil’s National Constituent Assembly from 1945-1947, and photocopy documents of Brazil’s National Intelligence Service (SNI) file on Amado.

Plural Editorial Files (C1479)

The Plural Editorial Files is comprised of the editorial correspondence of Plural (1971-1976), the Mexican journal of literature, politics, art, and cultural commentary. Files include correspondence with Plural editors and personnel Octavio Paz, Kazuya Sakai, Danubio Torres Fierro, José de la Colina, Sonia Levy-Spira, Julio Scherer García, Tomás Segovia, and others. Contributor correspondence include a wide range national and international of writers, publishers, and intellectuals from Latin America, United States, and Europe.

Vuelta Editorial Files (C1480)

The Vuelta Editorial Files is comprised of the publishing files of Vuelta (1976-1998), the Mexican journal of literature, politics, art, and cultural commentary. Includes author files, correspondence between editors, writers, translators, scholars, and rights publishing companies, and administrative and project files. Includes original and photocopy typescript and handwritten manuscript submissions of articles, interviews, translations, narrative, and poetry. Related research materials such as press clippings and printed material are also found in the author files and correspondence. Included in the files are documents relating to Encuentro Vuelta – El Siglo XX: La Experiencia de la Libertad, a televised conference series program organized by Vuelta in 1990 about the rise of socialism in Eastern Europe. Series 6 includes various booklets and speech materials from the Nobel Prize ceremony in 1990, the year Octavio Paz was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Paul A. Volcker Papers (MC279)

Paul A. Volcker (1927-) is an economist who has served in several prominent positions in the federal government, most notably as undersecretary of the Treasury (1969-1974), chairman of the Federal Reserve (1979-1987), and chairman of President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (2009-2011). The collection primarily consists of Volcker’s subject files, mostly created during his terms as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York or as chairman of the Federal Reserve, and his correspondence with a variety of individuals. Much of Volcker’s Federal Reserve correspondence is in reply to private citizens, though letters to and from White House staff and members of Congress also constitute a large portion of the collection. To a lesser extent, the collection contains records from the meetings of the Federal Open Market Committee under Volcker’s chairmanship of the Federal Reserve, as well as Rockefeller Foundation publications and documents that address Volcker’s relationship to the Foundation as the Federal Reserve Bank of New York president. The collection also includes Volcker’s phone logs from his term as undersecretary of the Treasury.

Thomas John Dibdin “Twelve Songs” Manuscript (N-000065)

Dated 1832, this manuscript consists of twelve apparently unpublished songs by songwriter and theater manager, Thomas John Dibdin (1771-1841), composed in 1832, a year before he issued his collection of songs entitled “Last Lays of the Last of the Three Dibdins” (London, Harding and King, 1833). None of these songs appears to be in that collection; and a later hand has written “all unpublish’d 1851” above the title. The songs in this collection include “The Deserted Village” (ff. 3-4), “The Runaway” (12-13) and “Bacchus was a Gentleman” (16-17), among others.

Allen & Smith Company Account Book (Q-000021)

This account book, dating from 1860-1871, charts the rising fortunes of the Nevada City, California mining firm of Allen & Smith, formed by Henry Smith and Thomas Allen in April 1860. The ledger documents the company’s founding, the discovery of gold in May 1861, and the firm’s expansion with the opening of store in late 1862.


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

Gabriela Mora Collection of Elena Garro (C0994)

The collection includes correspondence to and from Mexican author Elena Garro and Chilean American critic and scholar Gabriela Mora, a handwritten testament by Elena Garro and photographs of Gabriela Mora, Elena Garro, and Elena Garro’s daughter, Helena Paz Garro. Added to the existing collection are eight audio cassette tapes containing unpublished interviews and readings of Elena Garro, conducted by Gabriela Mora done in New York City in 1974 and in Spain in 1979.

American Civil Liberties Union Records: Subgroup 4 (MC001.04)

Series 6: September 2015 Accession, 1971-2004, includes records that represent a broad range of the ACLU’s activities in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. In particular, this series documents the ACLU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and AIDS Project; Racial Justice Program; Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project; Women’s Rights Project; and the office of the Legal Director. To a lesser extent, this series includes records from the Reproductive Freedom Project and National Prison Project.

Association on American Indian Affairs Records (MC147)

Series 16: 2015 Accession, 1975-2015, consists of three boxes of notes, reports, government documents, briefs and other legal materials, correspondence, memoranda, and instructional materials (produced by the American Indian Lawyer Training Program, Inc. and the Indian Law Support Center of the Native American Rights Fund, among others). These materials pertain to the protection of natural resources, religious freedom, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and repatriation issues more broadly, and other issues of concern to the AAIA. The series also contains two boxes of packets from the AAIA’s board meetings and teleconferences.

07. October 2015 by Rare Books and Special Collections
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