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Jesse Lynch Williams Papers

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Williams, Jesse Lynch, 1871-1929

A graduate of Princeton University (Class of 1892), Jesse Lynch Williams was an American dramatist and novelist. His work Why Marry? won the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1918.

The collection contains manuscripts, typescripts, and notes for several works of Jesse Lynch Williams (Princeton Class of 1892): an unfinished novel ( His Share of the World, 1901-1904), two plays ( Why Divorce? and Why Marry?), a collection of prose sketches about New York City life at the turn of the century, and several short works, both fiction and non-fiction. Also included are diaries, notebooks, and appointment books, 1890-1912.

Series: I. Writings--A. Novel, B. Plays, C. Short Fiction, D. Non-Fiction, E. Short Non-Fiction, F. Short Stories, Poems, G. Notebooks, Diaries, Appointment books, H. Miscellaneous.

This collection was the gift of Mr. Laidlaw O. Williams in 1961.

AM 17172

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Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

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Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2008
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Collection Inventory

His Share of the World, Unfinished Novel- Autograph Manuscript, 1901-1904. 11 folders.
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11 folders

His Share of the World, Unfinished Novel- Autograph Manuscript, 1904-1905. 11 folders.
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11 folders

His Share of the World, Unfinished Novel- Transcripts with Corrections, undated. 21 folders.
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21 folders

His Share of the World, Unfinished Novel- Transcripts with Corrections, undated. 28 folders.
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28 folders

His Share of the World, Unfinished Novel- Transcripts with Corrections, undated. 17 folders.
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17 folders

His Share of the World, Unfinished Novel- Note cards, 1901-1903. 1 folder.
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1 folder

His Share of the World, Unfinished Novel- Character Sketches, 1894-1897. 1 folder.
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1 folder

His Share of the World, Unfinished Novel- Notebook, 1900-1901. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Why Divorce?", Three Act Play- Autograph Manuscripts, 1921. 5 folders.
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5 folders

"Why Divorce?", Three Act Play- Transcripts, 1921. 6 folders.
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6 folders

"Why Divorce?", Three Act Play- Script and Cue Parts as Played by Comedy Club, 1921. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"And So They Were Married" (Later Entitled "Why Marry?"), Autograph and Typed Manuscripts, undated. 6 folders.
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6 folders

"The Professor and the Painted Lady": Notes, Sketches, and Drafts, undated. 7 folders.
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7 folders

"New York Sketches" Drafts and Manuscripts, 1900. 3 folders.
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3 folders

"New York Sketches"- Gallery Proof, 1899. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Newspaper Clippings and Correspondence Regarding New York, 1900. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"All's Well With the World", Autograph Manuscripts, 1913. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Material Used for "All's Well With the World", 1912-1913. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Newspaper Clippings Related to "All's Well With the World", 1913. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Pamphlets Related to "All's Well With the World", 1913. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Blind Spot", A Sermon by Layman- Transcript, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"For the Companion"- Material Concerning a Group of Stories About "Business Career", 1898-1899. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Country Life in War Time", Manuscripts with Corrections, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Material Related to "Country Life in War Time", 1918. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Illustration of a Book", 1899. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Joseph Karge" Outline for "Varsity" and Clipping, "Death of General Karge" from The Daily Princetonian, 1892. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes for Speech, "Journalism as it Really is" and Notes for Essay, "News, Newspapers, and Newspapermen", 1899-1901. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Review of "Mr. Weyman's New Stories", Autograph Manuscript, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letter to the Editor of Princeton Press, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Sketches on Princeton University, 1896. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"At the Corner of Lover's Lane", Short Story- Autograph Manuscript, 1900. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Boy Who Thought He Was in a Book", Short Story- Autograph Manuscript, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Linton", Sketches- Autograph Manuscript, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"My King!", Short Story?- Autograph Manuscript, 19 August 1898. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Paying the Price", Short Story- Autograph Manuscript, 24 August 1900. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Prep Story", Sketch- Autograph Manuscript, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Prodigal Mother", Autograph Manuscript, 26 January 1910. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Small Pane", Sketch- Autograph Manuscript, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"To Today", Poem- Autograph Manuscript, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Unidentified Autograph Manuscripts, 1915. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Early Writings, Autograph Manuscript, 1887-1890. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Contains the following stories and essays: "Bill's Little Brother," "The Negro Question," "The New South," "The Story of Henry Esmond," "Types of English Fiction," "Cranks," "The Publicans," "Alfred the Great," and "Dream Time."

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1 folder

Diaries, Appointment Books, and Notebooks, 1890-1912. 1 box.
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1 box

Miscellaneous Drafts, Notes, and Sketches, 1894-1913. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Newspaper Clipping, 1901. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1891-1900. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Oriental Settings", Sketch, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Old House", Notes and Sketch, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Unconventional", Sketches, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Up Early in Our Town", Sketch, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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