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).

07. July 2016 by Rare Books and Special Collections
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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.

05. May 2016 by Rare Books and Special Collections
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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.

09. March 2016 by Rare Books and Special Collections
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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.

08. February 2016 by Rare Books and Special Collections
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New Finding Aids for January 2016

Change of address note from Elizabeth Bishop and Lota de Macedo Soares to Joseph Frank (September 28, 1955) from the Elizabeth Bishop letters in the Joseph Frank Correspondence (C1515).

Change of address note from Elizabeth Bishop and Lota de Macedo Soares to Joseph Frank (September 28, 1955) from the Elizabeth Bishop letters in the Joseph Frank Correspondence (C1515).

New finding aids include the following:

Students for Prison Education and Reform Records (AC429) [entirely born-digital]

Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR) is a student organization that works to empower students to advocate for prison reform on issues such as mass incarceration, educational opportunities for prisoners, solitary confinement, the death penalty, and related issues. The SPEAR records consist of documents used by the leadership team of the organization to advance its mission including meeting minutes, planning documents, documents that outline the goals and aspirations of the organization, and materials relating to the organizational structure of the group.

Black Justice League Records (AC430) [entirely born-digital]

The Black Justice League (BJL) is a coalition of undergraduate students at Princeton University with the stated purpose of standing in solidarity with Ferguson (Missouri) and dismantling racism on the Princeton University campus. The collection consists of two of the organization’s social media webpages as well as an online petition that states the organization’s demands.

Latinx Collective Records (AC431) [entirely born-digital]

The Latinx Collective formed as an unofficial student organization in the fall of 2015 with the goal to support Latinx students on campus and encourage University administration to respond to the state of their lived and varied student experiences. The records include information about activism for the Princeton Latinx community, including meetings with administrators, town hall meetings, and proposal documents.

Sikhs of Princeton Records (AC433) [entirely born-digital]

The Sikhs of Princeton, a student organization established at Princeton University in the fall of 2009, exists to create a space on the University’s campus that provides resources for Sikh students to express their faith as well as to spread awareness of Sikhism to the Princeton community. The Sikhs of Princeton Records consist chiefly of photographs and videos of events sponsored by Sikhs of Princeton, including Sikh Awareness Day (2015) and guest speaker and singer, Amrit Kaur (2015).

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. The collection consists of his personal and professional correspondence dating from the 1940s through the early 2000s, though primarily from the 1950s through the 1980s. Correspondents include Hannah Arendt, Elizabeth Bishop, Yves Bonnefoy, Pierre Bourdieu, Ralph Ellison, Carlos Fuentes, Irving Howe, James Laughlin, Richard W. B. Lewis, Mary McCarthy, Allen Tate, and many other poets, writers, artists, and academics. A small amount of family correspondence, personal documents, and printed materials, including inscribed reprints and chapbooks, are also present. Of note is a particularly rich group of 25 letters from the American poet Elizabeth Bishop to Joseph Frank, dating to the 1950s and early 1960s when Bishop was living in Brazil with her partner, Lota de Macedo Soares. Bishop discusses the intimate details of her daily life, her reading and writing habits, and her general impressions of living as an American expatriate in Brazil.

Dick Kazmaier Papers (AC434)

Dick Kazmaier was a Princeton University student and football player from 1949 to 1952. The Dick Kazmaier Papers include Kazmaier’s course materials (class notes, exams, and thesis research material), as well as football team photographs and award certificates from 1949 to 1951. A box of award plaques spans the dates 1950 to 1991.

Eugene and Jerine Bird Papers (MC281)

Eugene Bird (1925-) is a retired Foreign Service Officer who served primarily in the Middle East. During Eugene Bird’s tenure with the State Department, he and his family lived in Jerusalem, Beirut, Cairo, Bombay, New Delhi, and the Saudi Arabian cities of Jeddah and Dhahran. His wife, Jerine “Jerri” Bird (1926-2012), was an activist who started the nonprofit organization Partners for Peace, which sponsored speaking tours by Israeli and Palestinian women throughout the United States. The collection contains Eugene and Jerine Bird’s personal and professional correspondence, subject files on the Middle East, and writings, especially pertaining to Jerine Bird’s unpublished manuscript on Saudi Arabian women.

Harry Lee Bailey Bannock Indian War journal, 1878 (C0938 No. 694)

This journal, which covers the span of the Bannock Indian War from July to September 1878, provides a detailed account by U.S. Army officers of events in the field and at headquarters. Primarily kept by Harry Lee Bailey (1854-1934), 2nd Lieutenant, U.S. Army, it is predominantly comprised of the text of letters and telegrams to and from General Oliver O. Howard, as well as those sent by his chief officers in the field, Colonel Frank Wheaton, Colonel George A. Forsyth, and Captain Evan Miles. The journal’s other contributors include Captain Samuel Tobey Cushing and 2nd Lieutenant Charles Walter Rowell. Both Bailey and Rowell served as Acting Assistant Adjutant General during the campaign.

[Genealogie dei Principi di Europa], Italy, circa 1714 (C0938 No. 695)

Scribal manuscript in several hands, containing an anonymous text on the history and genealogy of Europe’s principal ruling families in the 17th century, including Austria’s Habsburg emperors, Great Britain’s Stuart kings, and the ruling houses of Portugal, Denmark, Poland, the Ottoman Empire, Bavaria, Saxony, Brandenburg, Hesse, Brunswick, Baden, Mecklenburg, Holstein, Saxe-Lauenburg, Lorraine, Kurland, Transylvania, Savoy, Tuscany (Medici), Modena (Este), and Parma (Farnese). An alphabetical index is included.


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

Rita Guibert Collection of Latin American Authors (C1502)

An addition to the collection includes five audio cassettes from 1971 of interviews and Nobel Prize speech recordings of Pablo Neruda and one audio cassette of Mario Vargas Llosa for Channel 13 from 1989. Other additions include correspondence with Pablo Neruda, George Plimpton, Jorge Guillen, Ronald Christ and others; and printed materials that include an early edition Seven Voices in Spanish.

Rita Guibert (1916-2007) was an Argentine American author, journalist, editor, and translator. Guibert is best known for Seven Voices: Seven Latin American Writers Talk to Rita Guibert, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1973. The collection includes audio cassette tapes containing Guibert’s in-depth interviews with Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Octavio Paz, Julio Cortázar, Miguel Ángel Asturias, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Manuel Puig, Carlos Fuentes, José Donoso, and others. Other materials include correspondence with authors, photographs, and drafts of articles Guibert wrote for magazines including LIFE en Español, Nuestro, The Paris Review, and Revista Iberoamerica.

Madison Smartt Bell Papers (C0771): Subseries 7B: 2015 Accession

Madison Smartt Bell (1957-) is an American novelist best known for his trilogy of novels about Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution, published between 1995 and 2004. His papers consist of writings, personal and professional correspondence, family documents, memorandum books, printed materials, and subject files, including drafts, galleys, and proofs for his novels, short stories, and other writings from 1983 until 2011. The 2015 accession comprises an additional 12.4 linear feet of research, draft, and publishing materials related to his works, The Year of Silence, Behind the Moon, Devil’s Dream, The Color of Night, Soldier’s Joy, Charm City, Red Stick, Zig Zag Wanderer, Lavoisier in the Year One, Soul in a Bottle, and Toussaint Before the Spirits, as well as additional correspondence from 2002 to 2011 and subject files from 1995 to 2014. Bell is a living author, and future accruals are expected.

Edmund Keeley Papers (C0763): Series 11: 2013-2014 Accessions

Edmund Keeley (1928-) is an author, translator, and Charles Barnwell Straut Professor Emeritus of English at Princeton University, best known for his translations and writings on modern Greek poets. This series contains a large group of additional papers received from Edmund Keeley in 2013-2014, including drafts and proofs of novels, translations, and editorial projects, correspondence, as well as family papers, a large collection of family and travel photographs, and biographical materials. Writings include drafts, galleys, notes, and correspondence for Keeley’s books Albanian Journal, the Road to Elbasan, Borderlines, A Memoir, “The Grand Tour” (unpublished), On Translation: Reflections and Conversations, The Salonika Bay Murder, Cold War Politics and the Polk Affair, School for Pagan Lovers, and Some Wine for Remembrance, as well as for his translations and writings on poets Constantine P. Cavafy, Odysseus Elytēs, Giannēs Ritsos, and George Seferis, and for anthologies he edited, including A Century of Greek Poetry, 1900-2000 and W. W. Norton’s The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present. Additional personal, family, and professional correspondence, files on Keeley’s lectures, grants, and work with various international organizations, writings by fellow poets and translators, personal documents, memorabilia, and printed materials are also present.

Princeton University Library Records, AC123, Series 33: Emily Belcher Subject Files

This series consists of files retained, created, managed, and otherwise used by Emily Belcher, who retired in October of 2015 as the subject librarian for African American Studies and Women’s Studies. Belcher, hired as Princeton’s subject librarian for the (then) Program in Afro-American Studies in 1985, was previously the special collections librarian at Morgan State University and earned her library science degree from Queens College and her MA in American History from New York University. At different points in her Princeton career, Belcher also served as the subject librarian for Anthropology and Asian American Studies and as a liaison to the Anthropology Department.

The files document a variety of perspectives and experiences of black students, faculty, and staff from the 1960’s through 2015. Additionally, the series contains the office files of the (former) Afro-American Studies Collection, a reference library collection formerly housed in Firestone Library and established in 1966 to support the then-named Program in Afro-American Studies. Curators of the Collection and subsequent subject librarians include: Helen Lee (1966-1968), Ann Slevin (1969-1970), Pat Roca (1970-1971), Louise Anderson (1972-1980), William Welburn (1980-1984), and Emily M. Belcher (1985-2015).

03. February 2016 by Rare Books and Special Collections
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