New Finding Aids for September 2016

American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society circular (1845) from the Daniel Hoit Anti-Slavery Correspondence (C1524).

American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society circular (1845) from the Daniel Hoit Anti-Slavery Correspondence (C1524).

New finding aids include the following:

Chester W. Burton Family Papers (C1523)

Consists mostly of correspondence along with some financial records, legal documents, such as deeds and land indentures, ephemera, and photographs dating from the 19th and early 20th centuries that relate to Chester W. Burton, a farmer from Chautauqua County, New York, and his family. Among other topics, the collection documents aspects of the Civil War and early settlement and gold mining in the west.

Daniel Hoit anti-slavery correspondence (C1524)

Consists of several anti-slavery letters and circulars, dating from 1838 to 1845, to New Hampshire state legislator and abolitionist, General Daniel Hoit (1778-1859).

French manuscript of satirical poetry (C0938 No. 718)

Dating circa 1610, this manuscript contains various literary works, most of which are written in a single hand, that are primarily satirical in nature. It includes epigrams with titles such as “To a redhead,” “To a ladle,” a hunchback, a coward, a poor, a stutterer, etc.; a satire on Cardinal Du Perron; an allegory in 12 stanzas of 8 verses, entitled “Le temps qui parle aux Dames”; as well as several other poems. Also included are lines from Pierre de L’Estoile’s Registres journaux des règnes de Henri IV concerning Gabrielle d’Estrees, Duchess of Beaufort, though some of the text varies.

George Parsons Lathrop Letters (C1536)

Consists of 19 letters from contemporary authors and friends of 19th century American poet and novelist George Parsons Lathrop, as well as one unrelated, unidentified letter. The letters to Lathrop (where dated) are from April 22, 1879 through March 17, 1893 and concern a myriad of personal and literary matters.

James L. Stanton Correspondence (C1528)

Consists of correspondence and a few related writings documenting the work of attorney James L. Stanton as Chief Pardon Clerk (1882-1884) and General Agent (1884-1885) under Attorney General Benjamin Harris Brewster in the United States Department of Justice during the administration of President Chester A. Arthur. Among the many cases and events the letters document are those surrounding the Star Routes scandal, which involved fraud by United States postal officials. Frequent correspondents include Benjamin Harris Brewster, Brewster Cameron, and William Haight.

Martha Gellhorn Letters to George Brown (C1531)

Consists of fourteen letters (1941-1946) from American war correspondent, journalist, and novelist, Martha Gellhorn (1908-1998), largely written during the years she was married to Ernest Hemingway, addressed to George Brown (“Flash”), who was Gellhorn and Hemingway’s personal trainer, tennis partner, and friend. Written primarily from Finca Vigía, San Francisco de Paula, Cuba, and Sun Valley, Idaho, Gellhorn’s letters are intimate and often humorous in nature with regards to the couple’s physical condition and eating and drinking habits and paint a broad picture of Gellhorn and Hemingway’s domestic life together, recreation activities, and travels.

Sir John Orde Collection on Slavery in Dominica and Jamaica (C1534)

Consists of a collection of letters, accounts, land registers, and other documents from the office of Sir John Orde as governor of Dominica from 1783 to 1793, during a period of British colonial rule over the island; lists of enslaved workers on the estates of Peter Campbell, Esq., plantation owner in the parishes of Saint Elizabeth, Westmoreland, and Hanover, Jamaica, in 1817, 1820, 1823, and 1825; as well as some personal correspondence and documents of Sir John Orde, including letters to his wife and incoming letters during his naval service, household accounts, and various land and property documents.

Statement of the affairs of the late Robert Gordon, dec’d (C0938 No. 716)

Manuscript appraisal of the Elizabeth Anne plantation estate on Leguan Island in the Essequibo Islands-West Demerara region of colonial British Guiana (now the independent nation of Guyana), dated January 1st, 1818, assigning monetary value to the enslaved workers, land, buildings, and livestock owned by Robert Gordon, Esq., British colonial governor of Berbice from 1810 to 1814, as requested by his executors, Thomas Frankland and Alexander Fullerton, following his death.

“Vita beate Marie egiptiace” manuscript (Princeton MS. 237)

Dating circa 1450-1475, this manuscript from Germany (Cologne) includes a narrative of the life of and prayers to St. Mary of Egypt.

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New Finding Aids for July and August 2016

Don Oberdorfer covering the Nixon campaign for The Washington Post in 1968. Don Oberdorfer Papers (MC162), Public Policy Papers, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library. Online here.

Don Oberdorfer covering the Nixon campaign for The Washington Post in 1968. Don Oberdorfer Papers (MC162), Public Policy Papers, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library. Online here.

New finding aids include the following:

The Anscombe Society Records (AC442)

The Anscombe Society is a student organization founded at Princeton University in 2005 with the stated mission to affirm the importance family, marriage, and a proper understanding for the role of sex and sexuality. The Anscombe Society Records document the organization’s first decade of activities, especially the group’s proposed Center for Abstinence and Chastity.

Bernardino Ciarpaglini commomplace book of medicine and secrets (C0938 No. 711)

Bernardino Ciarpaglini, an Italian physician and experimental anatomist, kept this volume of various prescriptions, recipes, remedies, advice, and spells in Tuscany from around 1680 to 1730.

Diary of an officer on the British ship Alfred (C0938 No. 707)

Detailed diary dating from January 1, 1831 to June 12, 1834, of an officer on the British ship Alfred documenting travels in the Mediterranean and Middle East, specifically Greece, Turkey, Malta, Egypt, and Palestine, among other places. Includes some newspaper clippings.

Dillon Gym Library Collection (AC446)

The Dillon Gym Library was housed in Dillon Gym, which opened in 1947. Dillon Gym is now mainly used as the headquarters for the Campus Recreation program, and includes various administrative and varsity athletic coaches’ offices. The majority of the collection is made up of published material such as athletic handbooks, rule guides and technique charts; athletic organization convention and conference reports; and university publications (sports schedules and programs, admissions material, faculty, staff, and alumni guides and fundraising publications). The collection contains several areas of focus—notably, material on women’s sports at Princeton.

French Miscellany (C0938 No. 710)

Dating from 1598-1630, this manuscript contains approximately 77 official letters, edicts, speeches, verse epitaphs and epigrams, satirical poems, and other texts and documents in French, Latin, and Spanish (Castilian), many of which relate to French history and politics from the reigns of Kings Henry II to Louis XIII of France.

George Nicholson Sterling Lord Literistic Author Files (C1530)

George Nicholson (1937-2015) was a literary agent for children’s and young adult books at Sterling Lord Literistic from 1995 to 2015. The collection consists of his Sterling Lord Literistic office files on the authors and illustrators with whom he worked, such as Tony Abbott, Betsy Byars, Lois Duncan, Patricia Reilly Giff, Alice Provensen, Peter Lerangis, and Zilpha Keatley Snyder, and the literary estates he managed, including those of Don Freeman, Hardie Gramatky, and Lois Lenski. Author files include correspondence and email printouts, as well as copies of contracts and agreements, royalties statements, book jacket proofs, promotional materials, drafts and proofs of book manuscripts, and photocopies and mock-ups of books.

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston Letters to Emily Ashley-Cooper (C1525)

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (20 October 1784-18 October 1865) was a British statesman who served twice as prime minister in the mid-19th century, from 1855 to 1858 and 1859 to 1865. The collection consists of 15 letters, dating from August 1836 to January 1837 from Palmerston to his putative daughter Emily Ashley-Cooper, Countess of Shaftesbury, referred to in the letters as “Mrs. Ashley,” along with a portrait engraving of Maria Ann Ashley-Cooper.

J. W. Beckley diary of Kansas visit (N-000592)

Diary, dating from September 15 to November 23, 1868, of Englishman J. W. Beckley that documents his trip to Kansas to visit siblings who had emigrated there. The first volume mostly records his trip west; the second volume is largely devoted to an excursion billed as “a buffalo hunt on the immense plains of Kansas & Colourado where the Indian now roams, defiantly bidding civilization to advance.”

John Spencer Cobbold “A Chart of English History” manuscript, 1807 December 9 (C0938, No. 712)

Educational manuscript, dated December 9, 1807, written by John Spencer Cobbold (1768-1837), a country clergyman and published author, and billed as “A Chart of English History, designed principally for Young Persons by the Revd. Spencer Cobbold M.A. Late Fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.” The manuscript, written in ink and colors in a large copperplate hand, contains a comprehensive scheme of English history, from Julius Caesar and Cassivellaunus in 54 BC through to George III in 1807. Each of the major historical rulers is highlighted in a colored circle, some of which are very decorative, with the colors changing as the royal house changes. The work complements a similar “Chart of Sacred History” designed by Cobbold.

Joseph Sauveur “Abrégé de Méchanique” manuscript (C0938 No. 709)

Louis de France, le Grand Dauphin’s copy of an unpublished manuscript circa 1700 by French physicist and mathematician Joseph Sauveur that describes the field of mechanics around the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The manuscript, in framed calligraphy text, is divided into five parts: The motion of bodies without springs; From the motion of heavy bodies; Clean machines communicate or stop the movement; From the movement of body fluids; and Springs, ropes and friction. It is illustrated with 32 folding, colored plates in pen and watercolor.

Kōnstantinos Stamatēs Letters to Panagiōtēs Kodrikas (C1535)

Kōnstantinos Stamatēs (1764-1817) was a Greek patriot and secret agent working for the French government and for Michael Soutzo, the Prince of Wallachia and Moldavia, during the French Revolution. The collection consists of one hundred and ninety-eight letters from Stamatēs to Panagiōtēs Kodrikas (1762-1827), then secretary to Soutzo. Letters are primarily in Greek and are addressed from Paris (November 25, 1788 – 11 September 1793), Rouen (September 17, 1793), Le Havre-de-Grâce (September 30, 1793), Hamburg (October 15, 1793 – February 22, 1794), and Altona (March 1 – December 27, 1794).

Latinx Studies Independent Concentration Application Materials (AC447)

Arlene B. Gamio Cuervo is an undergraduate student in the Princeton Class of 2018. This collection contains applications, support letters, and planning documents created and used by Arlene B. Gamio Cuervo ‘2018 during the spring semester of 2016 in their proposal for an independent concentration in Latinx Studies.

Office of the Vice President for Campus Life Records (AC427)

The Office of the Vice President for Campus Life is an administrative office at Princeton University responsible for enriching the student experience for the University’s undergraduate and graduate students. The Office of the Vice President for Campus Life Records contain internal emails, reports, minutes, spreadsheets, and other office files that document the activities of the office from its inception in the early 21st century and through its first decade and a half of existence.

Princeton University Library Collection of Church Slavic Manuscripts (C1526)

Includes 2 Russian Orthodox tropers and 2 quadriptychs dating from the 18th-19th centuries.

Valery Havard diary (S-000079)

Diary of career Army officer, physician, author, and botanist Valery Havard (1846-1927) dating from 1871 to 1877 that includes documentation of his time at Camp Grant, Arizona, caring for Apache Indians.


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

Don Oberdorfer Papers (MC162)

Series 5: September 2015 Accession of Research Materials and Photographs, 1950-2012, is predominantly composed of notes, articles and papers, interview transcripts, correspondence, and audiovisual media that were created or collected by Oberdorfer for various writing projects. Most of the materials pertain to Oberdorfer’s biography of Senator Mike Mansfield or to Oberdorfer’s interest in Korea, including some materials specifically related to his book The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History. Other topics documented in the research materials include the Vietnam War (particularly the Tet Offensive), Japan, U.S.-Soviet foreign policy, and Richard Nixon’s administration. To a lesser extent, this series includes photographs featuring or taken by Oberdorfer. Most of the photographs are from Oberdorfer’s travels abroad post-retirement, especially in Asia.

Jessie Wilson Sayre Collection (MC216)

The 2016 Addition, 1901-1933, is mostly composed of correspondence to and from Jessie Wilson Sayre, before and after her marriage. Other materials include news clippings and other printed materials about Jessie Wilson Sayre, mostly related to her wedding, and writings by Wilson Sayre, such as her notes for speeches, some short fiction, and a reprint of an article she wrote for Good Housekeeping Magazine. The 2016 Addition also contains her school materials, including notebooks that are mostly undated but are likely from her time at the Woman’s College of Baltimore. Of particular note is an unpublished memoir about Jessie Wilson Sayre written by Mary Holt, a cousin of Wilson Sayre’s mother, Ellen Axson Wilson.

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

A recent addition to this open collection of manuscript material related to print collections of Leonard L. Milberg (Princeton Class of 1953) is a Harby family register, consisting of 18 manuscript pages in a variety of hands, tracing eight generations of the extended Harby family of South Carolina from 1827 to 1930. The register documents the history of a Jewish family living in the American South during the 19th and early 20th century.

Princeton University Library Collection of Stockton Family Materials (C0491)

This assembled collection consists of materials related to the Stockton family of Princeton, New Jersey, ranging from a 1701 deed to notes on Nassau Inn written in 1942. A recent addition comprises a highly detailed 28-page account of the estate of Dr. Ebenezer Stockton, beginning after his death in 1837 and continuing until 1856.

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

This collection consists of miscellaneous source material–letters, documents, and other separate, unbound manuscript items–pertaining to the history of the American West and Southwest acquired by the Library beginning in 2013. A recent addition includes the diary of G. A. Thomas concerning the California Gold Rush and a few related photographs dating from 1850 to 1851.

Robert Garrett collection of Church Slavic manuscripts (C0744.13)  

Two 18th-century Russian volumes of the Four Gospels in Church Slavic, with prefatory texts and tables. This collection forms part of the Robert Garrett Collection (C0744).

Robert Taylor Collection of English and American Literature (RTC01)

Some recent additions to this collection of modern English and American literary manuscript materials include: an autograph letter from Whitelocke Bulstrode (1650-1724), an alchemist, religious writer, Whig lawyer and administrator, and anti-Jacobite author under the pseudonym “Philalethes,” in London, to his son, Richard Bulstrode, in Littleton, Middlesex (November 16, 1724); a seven-page autograph letter, partly in verse, from Bristol clergyman, poet, and hymnist Thomas Grinfield at Clifton (near Bristol) to his former Winkfield classmate Thomas De Quincey praising the publication of De Quincey’s article on Landor in Tait’s Magazine (February 4, 1847); and a couple of manuscripts by Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), including “A note on Charlotte Brontë” (circa 1876), and manuscripts relating to Christopher Marlowe (circa 1881-1908).

Selected Papers of J. Howard Woolmer (C1318)

Consisting of files of American antiquarian book dealer J. Howard Woolmer’s correspondence with various poets and writers, recent additions include correspondence with Peter Fallon (1996-2007), Dermot Bolger (2003-2008), and Seamus Heaney (2009).

Western Americana Photographs Collection (WC064)

A recent addition to this collection of over 5,000 photographs, consisting mostly of documentary photographs of the Trans-Mississippi West from the late 1860s to early 1900s, includes an 1886 photograph by C. S. Fly of Apache chiefs Géronimo and Naiche during the surrender negotiations before they were imprisoned at Fort Marion in St. Augustine, Florida (Géronimo’s son is also depicted).

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Adler Prize Winner Receives 2016 National Collegiate Book Collection Contest Essay Award


Congratulations to recent alum, Samantha Yosim (nee Flitter), Class of 2016, who became the first Elmer Adler Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize winner to receive an award in the National Collegiate Book Collection Contest. Sponsored by The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA), the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS), the Grolier Club, and the Center for the Book and the Rare Books and Special Collections Division, the contest, which recognizes outstanding book collecting efforts by college and university students, includes the essays of the top prize-winners of officially sanctioned American collegiate book collecting contests across the country.

This past Spring, Yosim was awarded first prize in Princeton’s Rare Books and Special Collections Library-sponsored  Elmer Adler Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize for her essay, “The Sand and the Sea: An Age of Sail in Rural New Mexico,” in which she discussed her collection of books on British maritime history and the Age of Sail that, as she explained, allows her to “experience another world as viscerally as if it were my own.”

The Adler 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 as outlined in a personal essay.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Download Event poster: Wild Lives: Catesby, Audubon, Lear, and Ford.

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

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New Finding Aids for May and June 2016

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

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

New finding aids include the following:

A. Frederick Gerstell Collection of Military Materials (MC286)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clay Project Records (AC440)

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

College Republicans Records (AC441)

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

David Lewis Papers (C1520)

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

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

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

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

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

Ivy Council Records (AC438)

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

Monique Fong Wust Collection of Octavio Paz (C1529)

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

Muslim Students Association (AC436)

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

Princeton Committee on Palestine Records (AC444)

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

Princeton Equality Project Records (AC445)

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

Princeton Hidden Minority Council Records (AC435)

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

Princeton Swara Records (AC443)

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

Saqui de Sannes Family Correspondence (C1521)

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

Toni Morrison Papers (C1491)

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

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

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


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

Alicia Ostriker Papers (C0910)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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