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Jeter A. and Elizabeth Riggs Isely Collection

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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.

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Isely, Jeter A. (Jeter Allen)

Jeter Allen Isely was born on 4 November 1913 in Morristown, Tennessee. He studied at the United States Naval Academy from 1935 to 1937, and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1937. Isely then went on to receive his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton in 1939 and 1941, respectively. His Ph.D. thesis was titled "Horace Greeley, Apostle of Social Democracy, 1853-1861."

After instructing in Princeton's History Department for a year, Isely entered the Navy in 1942 and taught at the Naval Academy and the Naval War College during World War II. In 1946 he returned to teaching at Princeton, became an assistant professor of History in 1947, and then an associate professor from 1951 until his death of a heart attack in 1954. Isely conducted historical studies of first rank importance, and carried forth a full-length biography of Horace Greeley. At the time of his death, he was in the midst of writing a biography of George Ripley, one of the founders of the Brook Farm literary circle and the Literary Editor of the New York Tribune for four decades. Isely was the author of Horace Greeley and the Republican Party, 1853-1861 (1947); co-author with Philip Axton Crowl of The US Marines and Amphibious War (1951); and co-author with Commander John Meigs of German Military Power.

Isely married Elizabeth ["Lisette"] Catherine Riggs in 1943. Together they had five children, two sons and three daughters. Elizabeth collaborated with her husband on his George Ripley research, particularly by sharing her Ph.D. thesis, "George and Sophia Ripley" (1942), written while she studied at the University of Maryland. She died in May 1957.

The collectin consists primarily of manuscript material, notes, and notebooks of Elizabeth ["Lisette"] Riggs Isely's Ph.D. thesis, "George and Sophia Ripley" (1942). There is also correspondence between Jeter A. Isely and several university and public libraries regarding his Horace Greeley manuscript; a small selection of original Greeley letters (1856-1871), as well as copies of passages from assorted Greeley letters (1841-1872); transcripts of correspondence by George Ripley to Whitelaw Reid (1869-1881); copies of letters by Jerome Ripley to Lydia Ripley (1824-1840); and photographs and negatives of Greeley materials.

The following standard abbreviations, or their variations, are used to identify materials in this collection: ANs = autograph notes, and TMs = typed manuscript.

Gift of the author.

This collection was processed by Ran Tao in 2004. Finding aid written by Ran Tao in 2004.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Ran Tao
Finding Aid Date
2004
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Consists of "George and Sophia Ripley" (University of Maryland, College Park, Ph.D. thesis by [Elizabeth] Lisette Riggs) and "A Note on George Ripley and the Beginnings of New England Transcendentalism."

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

1 box

Physical Description

1 box

Chapters 1-15, TMs (carbon), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Chapters 16-25, TMs (carbon), dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Chapters 26-end, TMs (carbon), dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Parts of chapters 1-29, TMs, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Chapters 2-3, TMs and TNs, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Parts of chapters 3-21, TMs and TNs, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous TNs, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Miscellaneous chapters, TMs, dates not examined. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

"A Note on George Ripley and the Beginnings of New England Transcendentalism," TMs, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Posthumously published essay co-authored by JAI and ERI

Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of notes on George and Sophia Ripley.

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

1 box

Notes on George and Sophia Ripley, dates not examined. 5 folders.
Physical Description

5 folders

Scope and Contents

Consists of notebooks for "George and Sophia Ripley."

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Physical Description

2 boxes

Notebooks 1-7, TMs, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notebooks 8-13, TMs, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notebooks 14-17, TMs, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Notebooks 18-20, TMs, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notebooks 21-25, TMs, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Notebooks 26-29, TMs, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Notebooks 30-42, TMs, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Notebooks 1-7, TMs (carbon), dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Notebooks 8-13, TMs (carbon), dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Notebooks 14-17, TMs (carbon), dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Notebooks 18-20, TMs (carbon), dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Notebooks 21-25, TMs (carbon), dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Notebooks 26-29, TMs (carbon), dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Notebooks 30-42, TMs (carbon), dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of the correspondence of Jeter A. Isley regarding the Horace Greeley manuscripts, as well as Horace Greeley mcorrespondence (both original and copies).

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of correspondence.

Physical Description

1 box

JAI correspondence regarding Horace Greeley manuscript, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

JAI correspondence to university and public libraries regarding Horace Greeley manuscript, A-M, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

JAI correspondence to university and public libraries regarding Horace Greeley manuscript, N-Z, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Horace Greeley correspondence: Originals, 1856-1871. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Horace Greeley correspondence: Copies of passages, 1841-1872. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

George Ripley correspondence to Whitelaw Reid: Transcripts, 1869-1881. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Jerome Ripley correspondence to Lydia Ripley: Copies, 1824-1840. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of photographs and negatives of Horace Greeley materials and notes on Horace Greeley.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

Physical Description

1 box

Photographs and negatives of Horace Greeley materials, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Miscellaneous notes on Horace Greeley, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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