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Princeton University Library Collection of Booth Tarkington Materials

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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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The collection contains miscellaneous letters and memorabilia of American novelist and dramatist Booth Tarkington (1869-1946). Tarkington was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Purdue University, and Princeton University. He won Pulitzer Prizes for his novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. Tarkington was also known for his books about adolescents, such as Penrod and Seventeen.

Included are letters to Grace Elliston, Robert Underwood Johnson, a "Mr. Gibson," a "Mr. Phillips," and a "Mrs. Dwight;" a drawing of a boy and a dog; a printed announcement for the production of the Country Cousin by Tarkington and Julian Street; and three photographs. Also present is a file of letters, 1938-1947, to Earle J. Bernheimer by Booth Tarkington, Susannah Tarkington, Elizabeth Trotter, Julian P. Boyd, and Julie Hudson related to "An Exhibition of Booth Tarkington's Works in the Treasure Room of the Princeton University Library" in March of 1946.

Arranged in order of acquisition.

This is an open collection for the addition of miscellaneous, small accessions related to Booth Tarkington. It was begun with material previously placed in the Manuscripts Division's General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection.

Letters to Wetherell are a gift of T.R. Ayres. Sketches and typescripts of "Fools Will Burn" and "The Secret..." are a gift of Mrs. David Laurance Chambers. Typescript of interview is a gift of Henry W. Bragdon. Script of "Rumbin Galleries" is a gift of Carl Brandt.

Copy of "The Turnell" is a gift of Joseph D. Dudley '27. Miscellaneous letters, manuscripts, photographs are a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Barton Currie. Letter from Tarkington to Hancock is a gift of Walker Hancock. 210 volumes are a gift of Mrs. Howard S. Fisher.

Letter to Mrs. Josephs is a gift of Mrs. Eugene S. Josephs. 146 Letters are a gift of Hugh M. Kahler '04. 19 letters are a gift of Mrs. Sidney Repplier. Letters and published works are a gift of C.E. Murray. Letter to Panofsky is a gift of Erwin Panofsky. 37 Letters and certificate of election are a gift of Mrs. Donald Jameson.

Misc. materials from the estate of Elizabeth Trotter are a gift of T.T. Newbold. Letter to Herb Roth is a gift of Robert Roth '50. Manuscript of "The Need of Money" is a gift of Robert A. Hart. Photograph of Tarkington is a gift of Mrs. James B. Wyman. Large addition is a gift of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Jameson '50. Letters to "Dear Phillips", "Dear Gibson" are a gift of Robert Van Valzah Jr.

Letters to the Burrages are a gift of Mildred G. Burrage. Archive of letters purchased from Freedom Bookshop in 1992. Letters to Irving Dilliard are a gift of Mary Sue Schusky.

Letter to Robert Underwood Johnson was a gift of Catharine B. Deely in November 2017 (AM 2018-48).

Folder inventory added by Hilde Creager '15 in 2012.

Finding aid updated by Kelly Bolding in November 2017.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2008
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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

Letters from Booth Tarkington to Mr. Gibson and Mr. Phillips, 1 drawing of boy and a dog, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Booth Tarkington to Mrs. Dwight, Typed, 1939 August 3. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Printed Announcement by Booth Tarkington for "The Country Cousin", undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Booth Tarkington to Grace Elliston, Autographed, 1917 August. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Booth Tarkington to Mr. Johnson, Autographed, 1903 December 2. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Material related to "An exhibition of Booth Tarkington's works in the Treasure Room of the Princeton University Library", 1937-1946. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Letters to Earle J. Bernheimer, 2 photographs of "Seawood", 1 photograph of Booth Tarkington, 1 clipping.

Physical Description

1 folder

2 Letters from Booth Tarkington to Irving Dilliard, Typed, 1921-1922. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence between Elizabeth Trotter and George Tyler and Others, 1930-1939. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Booth Tarkington Letter to Robert Underwood Johnson, 1924 October 24. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Consists of a two-page handwritten letter from Tarkington to Robert Underwood Johnson (1853-1937) regarding politics and Tarkington's upcoming travels.

Physical Description

1 folder

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