New Finding Aids for September 2017

New finding aids include the following:

Elma Sant’Ana Collection of The Mucker Papers (C1566)

The collection consists of the personal letters, household notes, religious records, military and commercial reports of The Mucker, an immigrant German-Brazilian religious community who lived in southern Brazil in the mid to late 19th century.

Among the earliest letters are those sent by German families in the 1850s to their kin who immigrated to southern Brazil (later followers of the Mucker). These letters detail quotidian life on both sides of the Atlantic. A large correspondence exists in the Schnell family letters, mainly authored by Carlos Jacob Schnell, a soldier fighting in the war against Paraguay (1865-1868). Schnell writes in the German-Brazilian dialect, Hunsrücker, to his parents who later became part of the Mucker community, detailing personal and military travails.

Other letters and notes include those drafted by the Mucker leadership including a lengthy report on the movement by João Jorge Klein in Hunsrücker and in Portuguese. Military reports and memos detail the attack against the Mucker, known as the Revolt of the Muckers, which resulted in a military attack against the community and its leader, Jacobina Mentz Maurer. On July 19, 1874, provincial and imperial troops, supported by locals, attacked Maurer’s house and set it on fire during a meeting. Dozens of Mucker followers died in the attack. Mentz Maurer escaped with her newborn child and hid in the nearby woods. Two weeks later, locals colonists and soldiers found and killed the group.

Faure Family Coffee Plantation Correspondence and Inventory (C1576)

Consists of ten letters and an inventory related to a coffee plantation owned by François Faure in the Dondon parish of Saint-Domingue, a French colony on the portion of the island of Hispaniola (Taíno: Haiti) that became the Republic of Haiti in 1804. The collection documents the plantation’s operations under the management of Faure’s nephew Pierre Faure and a Monsieur M. Fauquet during Faure’s absence in the 1760s. The materials in this collection provide a detailed account of the operations of a large colonial coffee plantation in the mid-18th century; they also contain evidence of the practice of marronage and other tactics of resistance to slavery in pre-revolutionary Haiti.

Clarence Brown Papers (C1571)

Consists of correspondence, travel diaries, photographs, and coursework of former Princeton University comparative literature professor Clarence Brown (1929-2015) relating primarily to his scholarship on Russian writers Osip Emilyevich Mandelstam (1891-1938) and Nadezhda Mandelstam (1899-1980). Correspondence with writer and illustrator Guy Davenport as well as with poet W. S. Merwin, Princeton Class of 1948, is also included.

Princeton University Library Collection of Margaret Randall (C1580)

An assembled collection of materials purchased by Princeton University Library regarding feminist poet, writer, photographer and social activist Margaret Randall. Materials include typewritten and printed materials pertaining to Randall’s writings and correspondence with British dramatist Arnold Wesker. These materials supplement the Selected Correspondence of Margaret Randall collection which were acquired from Randall in 1999.

 

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

Robert H. Taylor Collection of English and American Literature (RTC01)

A recent addition to this open collection of manuscripts, correspondence, and artwork related to English and American literature from the fourteenth century to the 1940s, is a group of manuscript poems and short prose writings from the 18th and early 19th centuries, including poems by David Mallet (1705-1765), Jonathan Shipley (1713-88), George, Lord Lyttelton (1709-73), and others.

William Michael Rossetti Collection (C0223)

A recent addition to this open collection of manuscripts, sketches, correspondence, and miscellanea of the English art critic and essayist William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919), consists of eight pencil sketches by William Michael Rossetti of Rossetti family members and other Pre-Raphaelites, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882, brother), Frances Mary Lavinia Polidori Rossetti (1800-1886, mother), William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), James Hannay (1827-1873), and William North (1825-1854).

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New Finding Aids for June, July, and August 2017

Photograph of Edgardo Cozarinsky from the Edgardo Cozarinsky Papers (C1532)

New finding aids include the following:

360 Photographs of American Scenery Collected by Norman Selfe on the Spots Represented in 1884 (C1573)

Consists of a photograph album containing over 300 photographs of urban and rural locations in North America, Hawaii, and New Zealand, collected by Australian engineer Norman Selfe (1839-1911) during his 1884 tour to inspect engineering and architectural works abroad. The photographs document street architecture in San Francisco, California; redwood logging ventures in Humboldt County, California; as well as locations in the Oregon, Washington, and Utah Territories; the states of Colorado, Nevada, Missouri, Illinois, New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts; federal buildings in Washington, D.C.; and cities and natural features in Canada, including British Columbia, Montreal, Toronto, Niagara Falls, and the St. Lawrence River. Includes photographs taken by William Henry Jackson (1843-1942), George Dobson Valentine (1852-1890), George Fiske (1835-1918), I. W. Taber (1830-1912), and others.

Ballet Folklórico de Princeton Records (AC462)

Consists of images and videos from Ballet Folklórico de Princeton performances from 2006‐2013. The images, videos, and ephemera were used by the organization for rehearsal, promotional purposes, and alumni relations.

Blair Family Papers (C1569)

Consists of a group of family papers and genealogical research collected by members of the Blair family, a prominent political family in the United States in the 19th century. Materials relate to Francis Preston Blair Sr. (1791-1876) and his descendents, including Frank P. (Francis Preston) Blair Jr., Apolline Alexander Blair, Francis Preston Blair III, Andrew A. Blair, James L. Blair, Gist Blair, Emily Blair Henrotin, and others. Included are correspondence, documents, genealogical research, photographs, printed materials, and writings related to politics, military service, family history, and domestic life.

Captain John Matthews Papers (C1575)

Consists of papers of Captain John Matthews (d. 1798), a British naval officer involved in the transatlantic commerce in enslaved Africans in Sierra Leone in the 1780s and 1790s. Four detailed journals document Matthews’s employment as an agent for the African Company of Merchants between 1785 and 1787; as captain of the HMS Vulcan and the HMS Courageux in the Mediterranean Sea during the 1793 campaigns of the French Revolutionary Wars; and as captain of the HMS Maidstone, a British patrol ship monitoring trade in Sierra Leone and the Caribbean in 1797 and 1798. Also present are watercolor illustrations of colonial forts along the West African coast and several personal and family documents of John Matthews, including an anti-abolitionist deposition Matthews gave regarding the slave trade.

Description de la Côte Occidentale D’Afrique depuis le Cap Spartel juqu’au Cap Bojador (Q-000233)

A very descriptive report, dating from circa 1800, that provides extensive observations of the geography of the west coast of Africa and near-by islands. Written by an experienced navigator as a navigation guide for others, it gives detailed descriptions of the African coast between Cape Spartel (near Tangiers) to Cape Bojador (Western Sahara) as well as Madeira and the Canary Islands. The report includes details about latitudes, longitudes, distances, routes, anchorages, hidden rocks, tides, currents and descriptions of visible ports and villages.

Doubleday & Company File of Louis Kronenberger Correspondence (C1579)

Consists primarily of letters, most of which date from the 1970s, from critic, novelist, and biographer Louis Kronenberger to his editors at Doubleday & Company.

Edgardo Cozarinsky Papers (C1532)

Edgardo Cozarinsky is an Argentine-born film director, producer, screenwriter, novelist, critic, theater director, and playwright. A large portion of the papers include scripts, shooting schedules, printed press, on set photographic stills, subtitle translation texts, audiovisual materials, general reference, and accounting files pertaining to Cozarinsky’s film work. Drafts and printed materials of his theater productions and writing publications are present as well. Correspondence from various friends and collaborators including Néstor Almendros, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Ronald Christ, Frances Korn, Silvina and Victoria Ocampo, Alejandra Pizarnik, Manuel Puig, Severo Sarduy, Susan Sontag, and Julián Ríos, among other individuals, is also present.

HF Bar Ranch Photograph Albums (C1574)

Consists of two photograph albums containing photographs taken on and around the HF Bar Ranch in Johnson County, Wyoming, in 1918. One album depicts ranchers and cowboys engaged in cattle and horse wrangling, dehorning, branding, and herding. The other documents a group of visitors, including many women travelers, participating in a camping trip on horseback through the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains. Photographs of Frank O. Horton (1880–1948), the founder and owner of the ranch, are included.

Idea Vilariño Papers (C1567)

Idea Vilariño was a poet, literary critic, song composer, translator, and educator. Her papers contain handwritten and typewritten drafts and proofs of her poetry; correspondence with her siblings Numen, Poema, Azul, and Alma; personal family photographs; research notebooks; and an annotated collection of books on literary criticism, Shakespeare, Homer, Rubén Darío, and others.

J. Arthur Hutton Angling Notebooks (C1570)

Consists of two notebooks or scrapbooks dating from 1886 to 1891 kept by noted English angler, J. Arthur Hutton that include a series of essays read before the Manchester Anglers’ Association and monthly entries of descriptions of fishing flies.

James Geddes Family Correspondence (C1572)

Consists of family correspondence of Scottish American surveyor, civil engineer, salt manufacturer, judge, and politician James Geddes (1763-1838) who settled along Onondaga Lake in New York in the 1790s, along with a detailed list of his expenses related to a 1804 land survey of locations in Onondaga, Cayuga, Oneida, and Oswego counties in New York. Geddes’s correspondence, which mostly dates from the 1820s and 1830s, pertains to his engineering and surveying work, politics, family matters, and other topics, and includes detailed observations he recorded on local weather patterns, plant life, and topography.

James P. Kimball Papers (C1438)

Consists of a variety of materials, including photographs, correspondence, reports, and ephemera, related to James P. Kimball’s life and work as a geologist and engineer around the turn of the 20th century, primarily in the American West.

John Ennis Papers (C1563)

Consists of writings, editorial files, correspondence, teaching materials, and other professional working files of Irish poet John Ennis (1944- ), including drafts of his published poetry and unpublished work from the late 1960s through 2016, editorial files related to anthologies of Irish and Canadian poetry he edited between 2002 and 2009, and materials documenting the activities of the Irish arts organization Poetry Ireland and its journal Poetry Ireland Review from its inception in 1978 through the 1990s.

Marquis Astolphe de Custine Letters to Comtesse Merlin (C1577)

Consists of 273 letters, dating from 1836 to 1855, most of which are from French aristocrat, writer, and socialite Marquis Astolphe de Custine to his close friend, María de las Mercedes Santa Cruz y Montalvo, comtesse de Merlin. Reflecting on a myriad of topics, Custine’s letters offer insight into the political, intellectual, social, and cultural happenings in Europe during a time of great change while also providing insight into his own character.

Murray S. Peyton Collection of Princeton Track and Field Materials (AC460)

Consists of rosters, meet schedules, programs, scorecards, results, clippings, press releases, meet program magazines, and other published materials related to Princeton and Ivy League track & field and cross country. The collection was assembled and organized by Murray S. Peyton (’57) over 50 years.

N. Belen intelligence report on revolutionary activities in Iran (Q-000271)

Intelligence report manuscript prepared by Turkish official N. Belen, which documents political developments in Iran, particularly revolutionary activities, from 1914 to 1926. Includes 3 maps and numerous photographs of individuals, groups, events, and landscapes, as well as some handwritten annotations.

Princeton University Department of Near Eastern Studies Faculty Research Materials (C1568)

Consists of research materials of faculty members of Princeton University’s Department of Near Eastern Studies, most likely Philip Khuri Hitti (1886-1978) and/or his son-in-law, R. Bayly Winder (1920-1988). Materials include photocopied materials relating to Jurji Zaydan (Georgie Zeidan) (1861-1914), and Aramco records, primarily Arabian Research Division, Government Relations Division translations of Current Affairs Radio Broadcasts from 1954 to 1956.

 

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

Frederic Dennis Papers on Sylvia Beach (C1540)

The donor of this collection recently gave an additional number of photographs of Sylvia Beach, friends, and family ranging from 1890 to 1941, as well as correspondence, clippings, and other miscellaneous documents. Of special interest is a letter from Sylvia to her father (dated July 18 1930) in which she discusses author James Joyce and his vision problems.

General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection (C0140)

A recent addition to this open collection of business and personal letters, manuscripts, drawings, photographs, and official documents consists of a group of correspondence, dating from 1975 to 1978, between British literary critic Frank Kermode (1919-2010) and Viking editor Elisabeth Sifton regarding the Fontana Modern Masters series.

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

A recent addition 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, includes letters from Charles Dickens (1837-1896) to The Lecture Agency, Ltd., dating from 1891 to 1893, regarding North American lecture tours.

Princeton University Collection of Logan Pearsall Smith Materials (C0293)

An open collection consisting of selected papers of American-born British essayist and critic Logan Pearsall Smith. Recent additions include correspondence with his sisters, Alys Russell and Mary Berenson, dating from 1921 to 1930, as well as a letter from Edmund Gosse and one from Beatrice Webb.

Princeton University Library Collection of American Revolution Materials (C1284)

A recent addition to this open collection, which consists of selected correspondence, documents, and other materials related to the U.S. Continental Congress and the American Revolutionary War era, is a 1783 pay receipt for a deceased Revolutionary War soldier, Thomas Brown, who was likely African American.

Princeton University Library Collection of John Maclean Family Materials (C0342)

This open collection consists of selected personal and family papers of John Maclean (1771-1814), Princeton’s first professor of chemistry. Recent additions include correspondence of Archibald Maclean (1810-1894), William Bainbridge (1774-1833), and other family members, as well as a genealogy of the Maclean, Bainbridge, and Taylor families.

Princeton University Library Collection of Western Americana Miscellaneous Manuscripts (C1446)

Recent additions to this open collection of miscellaneous source material pertaining to the history of the American West and Southwest include two letters from San Diego settler and entrepreneur George T. Williams to his father in Boston (1851); and a four-page letter from A. M. Ferguson (Mrs. Yates Ferguson), a California settler and wife of a gold miner living in Greenwood Valley, El Dorado County, California, to her sister Miss G. E. Wilson in Westchester County, New York (1855).

Princeton University Library Collection of Western Americana Photographs (WC064)

A recent addition to this open collection of photographs of the American West consists of a half-plate daguerreotype depicting a mining scene during the California gold rush, circa 1850s.

Robert H. Taylor Collection of English and American Literature (RTC01)

The Robert H. Taylor Collection consists of over 4,000 rare books and 3,300 manuscripts illustrating in their wide range the scope of English literature from the fourteenth century to the 1940s. A recent manuscript addition consists of three letters between J. Ratcliffe and J. Joplin and journalist William Robertson Nicoll (1851-1923) regarding the Brontë family. Ratcliffe and Joplin were family members of Martha Brown (1828-1880), who worked as a servant to Charlotte Brontë and her husband, Arthur Bell Nicholls.

William Michael Rossetti Collection (C0223)

A recent addition to this open collection of manuscripts, correspondence, and miscellanea of the English art critic and essayist William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919) is a three-page letter, dated January 15th, 1889, from William Michael Rossetti to Hall Caine regarding sonnets.

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In Defense of Comics: A Daring Voice in a Senior Thesis

An exhibition of the comics collection and senior thesis of William Johnson Jones, Jr. ’57. The thesis, Comic Books, opens to a reproduction of comic strips featuring Donald Duck and his three nephews.

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections welcomed members of the Class of 1957, who were back in Princeton for a formidable 60th Reunion last week, with an exhibition of comic books dated from the 1940s and 1950s. Selected from a donation made by William Johnson Jones, Jr. ’57 to Princeton, these paperback funnies embody the passion of a youthful comics reader and collector, and the independent mind of a student-scholar who disagreed with authority opinions.

Walt Disney’s comic magazines and books dated from the 1940s and 1950s, collected by William Johnson Jones, Jr. ’57 for his thesis research and donated to the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections in 1998.

For his senior thesis, Comic Books, Mr. Jones examined a controversial format of reading materials—comic books. By the time he finished his typewritten manuscript in 1957, an anti-comics movement had successfully put crippling restrictions on the industry, based on widespread public concern about “the deleterious purported effects” that comics had on young readers (Tilley 384). It wasn’t until three decades later that comics would begin its slow climb back up towards mainstream acceptance and even appreciation, when Art Spiegelman used the powerful visual narrative to relate his bleeding Jewish family history in Maus: A Survivor’s Tale (1986), one that is allegorically disguised as a story of helpless mice and menacing cats.

Comic Books, a senior thesis submitted by William Johnson Jones, Jr. to Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University in 1957. (Mudd Manuscript Library, AC102)

Jones, however, decided to investigate the validity of accusations piled upon comics in his senior paper. Read sixty years after its completion, the undergraduate writer’s lucid analysis, scientific reasoning, and common sense argument stand strong in what can almost be seen as a prescient defense of comics. Jones was not afraid of taking on Fredric Wertham, a psychiatrist who treated children identified as juvenile delinquents in New York City and the central figure of the anti-comics crusade. Wertham’s influential book, Seduction of the Innocent (1954), claims that through his personal clinical research with young people he found a causal relationship between reading what he broadly defined as crime comics and juvenile delinquency. His testimony on the harm of the format is thought to be hugely responsible for bringing about the restrictive editorial code imposed on comics publishing and eventually the decline of the industry in the 1950s (Tilley 385).

Fredric Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent: The Influence of Comic Books on Today’s Youth. New York: Rinehart, [1954]. (Rare Books, 2010-0836N)

 

We hear a youthful, defiant voice in Jone’s self-conscious challenge he was going to bring against a popular authority figure:

That a serious refutation of Dr. Wertham’s position would be necessary was at first considered ridiculous to me, and I’m sure would still be considered ridiculous by most children’s who, if they want to know what comic books are like, read, not Dr. Wertham, but comic books. But grown-ups seem to be very easily impressed by things that come in hard covers, so this defense is undertaken in deference, not to the soundness, but rather to the popularity, of Wertham’s position. (Jones 41)

To be sure, the incendiary, if well-meaning, psychiatrist was not without contemporaneous detractors. Jones was able to locate robust criticism in a paper titled “The Comics and Delinquency: Cause or Scapegoat” by an NYU education professor named Frederic M. Thrasher and quoted him at length. Thrasher pointed out the lack of rigorous sampling and control in the kind of research published by Wertham, the conflation of correlation with causality, and statements that were asserted without the support of research data (198-203).

It is impressive that, as part of his thesis research, Jones apparently managed to get in touch with Wertham and sought direct response to his inquiry. “He [Wertham] recently told me that, ‘In my opinion comic books have no rightful place in either art or literature.’ ” Jones reported (35).

The thesis shines where Jones’ assessment of comics is empowered by persuasive reasoning and enriched by his sensitivity to social issues. On the sweeping condemnation of comics, he provided a common sense reminder:

The comic strip is just a medium. This may seem too obvious to mention, but it is amazing how often it is forgotten…

Comic books have the distinction of being probably the only medium to be judged, not by their best, but by their worst. Nobody would think of condemning painting because most paintings are bad paintings, or the novel because most novels are awful, but they are only too ready to apply this logic to the comics. (Jones 111)

What really concerned Jones in American comic books was stereotypical depiction of nonwhite characters–“[N]egroes, [J]ews, foreign born. etc.”–which he ranked as “the most serious issue the industry had to contend,” citing antagonistic foreign and racial relations as negative consequences (39-40).

If Jones has made points that seemed to have stood the test of time reasonably well, his refutation of Wertham’s assertions will be appreciated even more deeply in the context of updated understanding of the psychiatrist’s anti-comics work. When the embargo of Wertham’s personal papers at the Library of Congress expired in 2010, comics researcher Carol Tilley, a professor of library of information science at the University of Illinois, made an early excursion into the psychiatrist’s daunting amount of archive, with astounding discoveries. By comparing Wertham’s case notes with young people he had treated and what was printed in Seduction of the Innocent, Tilley documented how Wertham manipulated, overstated, compromised, and fabricated evidence for rhetorical gain, reaching unsupported conclusions about the detrimental effects of comics on young readers’ ethical development and mental health (383).

Whether or not Jones has drawn intuition, confidence, and strength in his thesis research from having been a veteran comics reader (and simultaneously a high-achiever as opposed to a juvenile delinquent), or his firm grasp of scientific methods, or youthful daringness, or a combination of all of those, he has produced a distinct thesis that is worth re-reading at the ripe age of sixty years.

References

Jones, Jr., William Johnson. “Comic Books.” Princeton University, 1957.

Thrasher, Frederic M. “The Comics and Delinquency: Cause or Scapegoat.” The Journal of Educational Sociology 23.4 (1949): 195-205.

Tilley, Carol L. “Seducing the Innocent: Fredric Wertham and the Falsifications that Helped Condemn Comics.” Information & Culture 47.4 (2012): 383-413.

(Posted by Minjie Chen, East Asian Project Cataloger, Cotsen Children’s Library.)

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New Finding Aids for April and May 2017

New finding aids include the following:

Albert Bensoussan Correspondence with Latin American Writers (C1561)

The collection consists mainly of the professional and personal correspondence of French translator and writer Albert Bensoussan and various Latin American and Spanish authors, including Alfredo Bryce Echenique, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, José Donoso, Jorge Edwards, Jorge Godenberg, Mario Goloboff, Suzanne Jill Levine, Luis Mizón, Abel Posse, Manuel Puig, Néstor Sánchez, Severo Sarduy, Manuel Scorza, and Mario Vargas Llosa. He maintains a close relationship with Mario Vargas Llosa and has translated numerous works of his, including Los Cachorros, Pantaleón y las visitadoras, La orgía perpetua, La tía Julia y el escribidor, La señorita de Tacna, Historia de Mayta, and La guerra del fin del mundoOther materials include copies of interviews between Bensoussan and various authors, typescripts of Bensoussan’s translations, ephemera and press from theatrical productions of Bensoussan’s translations.

British Army Account Book of Revolutionary War Expenditures in the Carolinas and Florida (C1559)

Consists of a two-volume account book of British Army military expenditures in North Carolina, South Carolina, and St. Augustine, Florida, during the later years of the American Revolution (1781-1782).

Daniel Chamier Revolutionary War Financial Documents (C1560)

Consists of financial documents and letters pertaining to the accounts of Daniel Chamier, Commissary General of the British Army in North America from 1774 to 1777, detailing the funds expended for provisioning the British Army at the beginning of the American Revolution.

Evelyn Schuyler Schaeffer Family Papers (C1565)

Consists primarily of manuscripts and correspondence of author Evelyn Schuyler Schaeffer (1846-1942). Also included in the collection are the papers of her father, George Washington Schuyler (1810-1888), and her maternal uncle, Charles Scribner (1821-1871), founder of the publishing firm Charles Scribner’s Sons.

Frances de Chollet Collection (MC292)

Frances de Chollet (1900-1999) assisted Allen Dulles with obtaining the diaries of Galeazzo Ciano, the Foreign Minister of Italy from 1936-1943, from Ciano’s wife, Edda, who was also the daughter of Benito Mussolini. The collection is mostly composed of correspondence written to Frances de Chollet from Edda Ciano, though letters from Allen Dulles and other correspondents are included to a lesser extent. The collection also contains a small amount of de Chollet’s notes documenting her face-to-face meetings with Edda Ciano.

Norm Flayderman Collection of George E. Albee Materials (C1558)

Consists primarily of United States Army officer George E. Albee’s correspondence along with other papers, including a diary documenting his service with the 41st Infantry Regiment during the Indian Wars of 1869, which earned him the Medal of Honor. Some research files on Albee and his antique arms collection are also included.

Pierre Matraire Naval Journal and Documents (C1564)

Consists of a journal and other documents of French second class naval officer Pierre Matraire (b. 1791), regarding his service as an accountant on the frigate L’Adrienne (also known as L’Aurore), and later, under Governor of Egypt Muhammad ‘Alī Bāshā (1769-1849) with the Turkish-Egyptian fleet during the Greek War of Independence.

Robert R. Bowie Papers (MC290)

Robert R. Bowie was a foreign policy expert and legal scholar who served four U.S. administrations as policy planner, counselor, and deputy CIA director, while teaching at Harvard Law School and founding Harvard’s Center for International Affairs. The Robert R. Bowie Papers reflect his government service under four administrations, as well as his position at Harvard University, his Army service and work in the postwar military government of Germany, research for books he wrote, and his later activities as a member of national and international policy and strategy organizations.

 

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

John C. Bogle Papers (MC206)

John C. Bogle (1929- ) founded the mutual fund company Vanguard and is a leader in the mutual fund industry. Recent additions to his papers consist of his speeches from 2008-2011.

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 his papers include additional correspondence with friends, writers, and academics, along with a small amount of writings, personal documents, and printed materials

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. Recent additions to his papers include additional publicity materials and artwork related to his books, articles and speeches, personal correspondence, and fan mail.

 

Updates to existing collections were made to the following finding aids:

Norman Ryder Papers (MC250)

Norman B. Ryder (1923-2010) was a demographer and sociologist who specialized in fertility studies and established the cohort approach to demographic study. The Ryder papers contain his working research notes, drafts, and publications, as well as correspondence and administrative papers from Ryder’s teaching career.

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New Finding Aids for February and March 2017

Letter from Robert Lynd to Sylvia Lynd (1909) from the Sylvia and Robert Lynd Correspondence (C1554)

New finding aids include the following:

A.C. McClurg & Co. Letters from F. G. Browne to C. F. Cazenove (C1553)

Consists of 47 letters from F. G. Browne on behalf of the Publishing Department at Chicago-based American publisher A.C. McClurg & Co. to the firm’s London literary agent C. F. Cazenove, regarding the sale of American titles in England, financial transactions, and other business matters related to publishing.

Ambrose Serle Essays on North America (C1556)

Includes seven essays (likely unpublished) on American affairs and economic opportunities, dating from 1768-1780, by British colonial official, Ambrose Serle (1742-1812).

Aurelio Cortés Collection of Reinaldo Arenas (C1562)

The Aurelio Cortés Collection of Reinaldo Arenas contains a small collection of letters and correspondence with Reinaldo Arenas and others, as well as typewritten drafts of Arenas’ articles and essays, some of which are dedicated to Cortés, a personal friend. Also present are typewritten drafts of Cortés’ own work on his friendship with Arenas.

Cole Family Papers (C1548)

Consists of 12 letters from William, E. B., and Robert Patten to their brother-in-law and sister, George N. and Olivia Cole about their experiences in San Francisco during the gold rush, along with additional Cole family documents.

David Gelston Family Correspondence (C1547)

Primarily includes correspondence kept by merchant and politician David Gelston during his time as Collector of Customs for the Port of New York (1801-1820) along with some correspondence of Floyd and Delafield family members.

Frederic Dennis Papers on Sylvia Beach (C1540)

This collection consists of selected papers of Frederic Dennis regarding his aunt Sylvia Beach, the founder and owner of the bookstore Shakespeare and Company. Recent additions consist of letters (1977-1988) to Dennis from Beach scholar Noël Riley Fitch regarding the Beach family.

Granville Austin Papers (MC287)

Granville Austin (1927-2014) was an independent scholar and political historian known for his work on India’s constitution. The collection is composed of Granville Austin’s research files on India, mostly in the form of published articles or book excerpts that Austin collected and often annotated. The majority of the research files, notes and drafts relate to Austin’s second book, Working a Democratic Constitution, but some files relate to his first book, The Indian Constitution: Cornerstone of a Nation. Topics documented in the collection include the Indian constitution, center-state relations in India, Indian politicians and political parties, U.S. foreign relations with India, cases tried before the Indian Supreme Court, and various other subjects related to India’s political and legal systems. Research material on the Middle East, material relating to Austin’s other writings, professional and personal correspondence, including State Department files, as well as U. S. Information Service photographs and negatives compose additional parts of the collection.

Louis Jefferson Collection on John Foster Dulles (MC291)

Louis Jefferson (1927-2006) served as John Foster Dulles’s personal security guard for five years until Dulles’s death in 1959. The collection is composed of scrapbooks created by Jefferson documenting his travels with Dulles.

Philip Ten Eyck Letters to Philip J. Schuyler (C1551)

Consists of over 40 letters from New York City bookseller and politician Philip Ten Eyck to Philip J. Schuyler that primarily document local, regional, and national politics as well as other prominent current events around the turn of the 19th century.

Sylvia and Robert Lynd Correspondence (C1554)

Consists of three decades of correspondence between married Irish writers Sylvia and Robert Lynd, comprising over 260 letters written in English and Gaelic, that span most of their relationship from 1905 to 1937.

Thomas Colchie ’64 Papers (C1552)

Thomas Colchie (Princeton University alumnus, Class of 1964), is a translator, editor, and literary agent with a specialization in Latin America. His papers consists of correspondence from Jorge Amado, António Lobo Antunes, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Oswaldo França Júnior, Ignácio de Loyola Brandão, Manuel Puig, Murilo Rubião, Ernesto Sábato, José Saramago, Moacyr Scliar, João Ubaldo Ribeiro, José Luandino Vieira, Néstor Almendros, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Elizabeth Bishop, João Cabral de Melo Neto, Joaquim Cardozo, Philip Roth, and Alan Warner.

Thomas Howard “A Sketch of the Interest of Great Britain in her American Colonies, with Some Remarks upon the Policy, Trade, and Commerce of America” Manuscript and Letter (C1555)

Consists of an unpublished manuscript treatise, dating from the late 1760s, most likely authored by British military officer, Thomas Howard (1735–1778), as well as an 8-page letter from Howard written while he was commander of the Grenadier Guards during the American Revolution.

 

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

Charles Ruas Papers (C1372)

Charles Ruas is an American author, interviewer, editor, literary and art critic, and French translator, who served as the Director of the Drama and Literature Department for New York’s Pacifica radio station WBAI-FM in the late 1970s. Additions to the papers include recordings and descriptions of his radio programs, a public television program proposal, and materials related to artists and authors with whom he worked.

Princeton University Library Collection of Albert Einstein Materials (C1022)

A recent addition to this assembled collection of material by or about physicist Albert Einstein consists of four 1941 photographs of Einstein in Princeton taken by photographer Roman Vishniac (1897-1990).

Princeton University Library Collection of John Ruskin Materials (C0196)

A recent addition to this assembled collection of material by or about 19th century English art critic, social reformer, and educator John Ruskin consists of six signed autograph letters from Ruskin to Professor Henry Attwell, discussing Albrecht Dürer’s Knight, Death and the Devil, abstracts of his work, photographs of his pupils, geological specimens, and other matters.

Princeton University Library Collection of Lawrance Thompson Materials (C0479)

Recent additions to this collection of selected papers of author and former Princeton University Library Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts Lawrance Thompson include typescripts of his lectures on Ralph Waldo Emerson, as well as for his “Four American Authors” course.

Robert H. Taylor Collection (RTC01)

Some recent additions to this collection of modern English and American literary manuscript materials include manuscript drafts of “The Mistakes, or The Happy Resentment, A Comedy” and “Undkan King of Tartary” by Henry Hyde, Viscount Cornbury (1710-1753); and a collection of 46 loose manuscript verses collected by members of the Hyde and Villiers families (Earls of Clarendon).

Toni Morrison Papers (C1491)

New additions to the finding aid include speeches and lectures; diaries, logbooks, and address books; photographs; awards and memorabilia; and audiovisual materials. Additional writings (short fiction, poetry and lyrics, dramatic works, non-fiction, children’s literature, and personal and miscellaneous writings) are also now described in the finding aid and will be available via digital access in the reading room pending the completion of digitization.

 

Updates to existing collections were made to the following finding aids:

Diamela Eltit Papers (C1457)

The correspondence series has been re-opened after a restrictions review. Correspondence features personal and work-related correspondence addressed to or from Eltit. Only a select portion of the correspondence remains closed until 2041.

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