Main content

14 Africans vs. One American by Frederic Fox


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

Fox, Frederic E. (Frederic Ewing), 1917-1981

A graduate from Princeton in 1939, Frederic Ewing Fox went on to serve in the Army in World War II under General Dwight D. Eisenhower. His articles in the New York Timeson American community life brought him to the attention of then President Eisenhower. He served as an assistant in the White House till 1961. In 1964 he became the Recording Secretary at Princeton University.

Described by University President William G. Bowen as a "cross between a curator, a ringmaster, and a storyteller," Frederic Fox was the only person ever to occupy the office of Keeper of Princetoniana at Princeton University. The unique position involved corresponding with students, faculty, and alumni; collecting memorabilia; meeting with potential donors and receiving gifts; and representing the University tradition publicly, among a bevy of other informal duties. A member of the Class of 1939, Fox served as recording secretary of the University for 17 years and became a well-known figure on campus. In 1976 he was made Keeper of Princetoniana, and he held the position until his death in 1981. Concern for the preservation of Princeton's traditions and memorabilia is carried on by the Princetoniana Committee, a group comprised of alumni and other individuals dedicated to the same mission.

The collection consists of the corrected typescript and corrected galley proof of the book 14 Africans vs. One American (1963) by Fox (Princeton Class of 1939), which describes his experiences in Northern Rhodesia at the Africa Literacy and Writing Center teaching journalism and writing to 14 young Africans from different countries.

Gift of the author on November 10, 1970. AM 20449.

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager '15 in 2013.

No appraisal information is available.

Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
Access Restrictions

Open for research/

Use Restrictions

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Collection Inventory

Signed Typescript, 1962. 16 folders.
Physical Description

16 folders

Galley Proof, 1962 July 10. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Print, Suggest