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William Kelly Prentice Papers

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Prentice, William Kelly, 1871-1964

William Kelly Prentice was a Greek scholar and authority on classical inscriptions. A member of the Princeton Class of 1892, he was an instructor (1892-1893) at the Lawrenceville School, N.J., before becoming a member of the Princeton University faculty in 1894 as an instructor in Greek. He retired from Princeton in 1940 as Ewing Professor of Greek Languages and Literature. Prentice participated in archaeological expeditions to Syria, served in World War I, and was the author of several books.

The collection consists of works, correspondence, and documents of Prentice, as well as selected papers of his father and various other family members. Included in the papers are approximately 65 manuscripts and printed articles and lectures by Prentice, mainly on classical topics or his association with Princeton and the Class of 1892; family and academic correspondence with Thomas Seymour, John Foster Dulles, Howard Crosby, Max Farrand, William Kelly, W. Parmalee Prentice, William Packer Prentice, Henry Fairfield Osborn, Woodrow Wilson, and others; personal documents; and biographical and genealogical records.

Papers of William Packer Prentice include lectures and printed articles; some correspondence; journals, 1849-1915; personal documents; letters received by him and O. M. Mitchell during the Civil War; and other Civil War documents. Also present are family papers, including photographs, Prentice family correspondence (1852-1965), a small file of Hutton family correspondence (1830-1841), and a number of printed writings by various family members, including a typed copy of a diary by Jemima Parmalee Prentice of a pioneer journey (1816) from New Hampshire to New York, "Recollections" by Ezra Parmalee Prentice, "Mount Hope" by E. Parmalee Prentice, and articles and documents of Robert and William Kelly.

Transferred from P.U. Archives in Mudd Library in 1996.

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Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2002
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Consists of the works, correspondence, documents, printed matter and genealogical materials of William Kelly Prentice.

Arrangement

This series is arranged into five subseries: Works, Correspondence, Documents, Genealogy, and Printed Material.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Scope and Contents

Consists of the works of William Kelly Prentice, such as "Recommendations for American Educational Institutions, such as Princeton," "The Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven," "Communism Ancient and Modern," and "The Princeton University Epigraphical Museum," as well as others.

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

1 box

"Recommendations for American Educational Institutions, such as Princeton", undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

To a Group of Graduate Students and Colleagues, 1940. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"In the minds of most of us...", 1942. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Classics in Education", 1944. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Autobiography of a part-time Archaeologist", 1945. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Some Suggestions about Princeton", 1946. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Education and Wissenschaft", 1945. 1 folder.
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1 folder

To the Class of '92, 1947. 1 folder.
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1 folder

In Memory of Rev. John Miller of Princeton, 1948. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven", 1949. 1 folder.
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1 folder

David Magie - Class of, 1897. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Noble Savage", 1954. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Gospel", 1954. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Church and the Service of God", 1955. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"On Government-Directed Economy", 1949. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"On the Story of Jehu" II Kings, Chapter IX, 1949. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Communism Ancient and Modern", undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Paranooumena", 1912. 1 folder.
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1 folder

To the Graduate Students of the Classical Seminary of Princeton University, 1935. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Dudley Observatory Controversy of 1858", 1932. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"On Writing Books in Ancient Times", 1930. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Epinicia: Songs after Victory", 1929. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The most important part of a college...", 1929. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Things of Real Importance", 1925. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"North Syria Except Lebanon", 1918. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Present Stage of the Homeric Problem", 1912. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"On Salaries of University Professors", 1912. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"A Lecture on Syria", 1906. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The American Expedition to Syria", 1899. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Catalogue of Casts," 1899-1900, Syria, 1900, 1899-1900. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Princeton University Epigraphical Museum", 1933. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Mesopotamian Origins", 1931. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The History and Civilization of Ancient Megara", 1927. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"On University Fellowships", 1912. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"On Jan 27, 1865 Father delivered a lecture on...O. M. Mitchel, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of the correspondence of William Kelly Prentice, arranged in alphabetical order and including correspondence with William Packer Prentice and correspondence related to Princeton University Class of 1892.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Physical Description

1 box

Correspondence, A-H, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence, J-P, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Prentice, William Packer, 1897-1898. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Princeton Class of 1892, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence, R-Z, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of personal documents, marriage documents, and clippings.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

Physical Description

1 box

Personal Documents, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Marriage Documents, Clippings, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of biographical records and notes on family history.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

Physical Description

1 box

Biographical Records, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on Family History, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of newspaper clippings and printed works such as "The House in Capernaum" and "Callisthenes, the Original Historian of Alexander," as well as others.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

Physical Description

1 box

Newspaper Clippings Relating to Prentice, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Misc. Letters to the Editor of Princeton Alumni Weekly, 1930. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Misc. Book Reviews, 1916-1930. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Magic on Lintels and Amulets", 1905. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Obituaries written for The Princeton Alumni Weekly, 1936-1948. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"St. Paul's Journey to Damascus", 1953. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"James the Brother of the Lord", 1951. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The House in Capernaum", 1950. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Classics and the Bible", 1943. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"A Second Front for Scholars", 1944. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Our 'Daily' Bread", 1947. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Ancient Writing", 1950. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Themistogenes of Syracuse, An Error of a Copyist", 1947. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Thucydides and the Cimonian Monuments", 1937. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Study of the Classics", 1936. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Character of Lysander", 1934. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Alphabet's Family Tree", 1933. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Dudley Observatory Controversy", 1933. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"How Thucydides Wrote his History", 1930. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Achaeans", 1929. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Thucydides and Cratippus", 1927. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Fall of Aristocracies......", 1925. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Callisthenes, the Original Historian of Alexander", 1923. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"De Bacchylide Pindari Artis Socio et Imitatore", 1900. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Fragments of an early Christian Liturgy in Syrian Inscriptions", 1902. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

"The Hunters of Euboea", 1896. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of the works, correspondence, journals, documents, and printed matter of William Packer Prentice.

Arrangement

This series is arranged into five subseries: Works, Correspondence, Journals, Documents, and Printed matter.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Scope and Contents

Consists of "Address to XY" and "Remarks at Alumni Meeting, Williamstown."

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Physical Description

1 box

Address to XY, 1871 May 30. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Remarks at Alumni Meeting, Williamstown", 1915. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of the correspondence of William Packer Prentice, arranged in alphabetical order.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Physical Description

1 box

Correspondence (A-Z), 1861-1913. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of the journals of William Packer Prentice, arranged in chronological order.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Physical Description

1 box

1849-1851, 1849-1851. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1855, 1855. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1863-1907, 1863-1907. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1907-1915, 1907-1915. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of German University Certificates, passports, and other miscellaneous documents.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

Physical Description

1 box

German University Certificates, circa 1855-1858. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Miscellaneous Documents, Clippings, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Passports, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of miscellaneous personal papers, an obituary for William Packer Prentice, and printed works such as "Dissertation on the Indicative and Admonitive Signs of Sexties Empiricus" and others.

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

1 box

Miscellaneous Personal Papers, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The New Constitution of New York in Relation to Prison Labor", 1895. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

The People vs. Daniel Schrumpf, Argument, 1877. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Dissertation on the Indicative and Admonitive Signs of Sexties Empiricus", 1858. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"The Philosophical Opinions of Virgil", 1859. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Obituary of William Packer Prentice, 1915. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence and printed matter related to the Prentice family.

Arrangement

This series is arranged into two subseries: Correspondence, and Printed Matter.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Scope and Contents

Consists of miscellaneous correspondence as well as miscellaneous papers of the Hutton family.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of correspondence.

Physical Description

1 box

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1852-1965. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Hutton Family: Miscellaneous Papers, 1830-1841. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of printed matter of individuals such as Robert Kelly, Ezra P. Prentice, and E. Parmalee Prentice, as well as others.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Ellerslie: Newspaper Advertisement of Executors' Sale, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Kelly, Robert: "A Trip to Lake Superior", 1853. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Kelly, Robert: An Oration, 1857. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Kelly, Robert: Report to the Board of Trustees of the University of Rochester on the Plan of Instruction to be Pursued in the Collegiate Department, 1850. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Kelly, Robert: Will, 1856. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Kelly, William: Memorial, 1873. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Kelly, William: Obituaries, 1872. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Kelly, William: Speech given in the Senate of New York in favor of modifying the usury laws, 1856. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Parmalee, Jemima (Mrs. Sartell Prentice): TMs (copy) of a diary kept during a pioneer journey from New Hampshire to New York, 1816. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Prentice, Ezra P.: Obituary, Will, 1876. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Prentice, Ezra P.: "Recollections", 1862. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Prentice, E. Parmalee: "A Challenge to Poultry Science", 1932. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Prentice, E. Parmalee: "Food in England", 1950. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Prentice, E. Parmalee: "Gold Mines in the Dairy States", 1931. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Prentice, E. Parmalee: "Mount Hope", 1928. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Prentice, E. Parmalee: "The Question of Progress", 1941. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Prentice, E. Parmalee: "Raising Seed Potatoes", 1918. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Prentice, John H.: Obituary, 1881. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Strong, Martha Prentice: Saga of 1 Grace Court, 1946. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Williams, Florence Prentice: "Kelly-Ana", 1929. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists primarily of Civil War papers, including letters to William Packer Prentice and Gen. O.M. Mitchel, as well as documents, clippings, a journal and a Thomas's Almanack, 1797 (with AMs notes for 1797).

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

Physical Description

1 box

Civil War Papers: Letters to William Packer Prentice, 1862-1875. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Civil War Papers: Letters to Gen. O.M. Mitchel, 1862. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Civil War Papers: Miscellaneous Letters, 1861-1862. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Civil War Papers: Documents, Printed Matter, Clippings, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Miscellaneous Printed Matter, Papers, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Unidentified Journal (family records), circa 1794-1848. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Thomas's Almanack, 1797 (with AMs notes for 1797), 1797. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

W. P. Prentice Certificate of Appointment, signed by Abraham Lincoln, 1862 February 28. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Miscellaneous Medals, Profile Carving, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of photographs of the house at 9 West 16th Street, Ezra Parmalee Prentice (both the brother and grandfather), Paul Cheney Prentice, and William Packer Prentice, as well as others.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Physical Description

1 box

Braden, Fanny (family nurse), dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

The High Jinks of the Bohemian Club, taken by Prof. Derleth, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

House at 9 West 16th Street, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Kelly, Robert, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Mount Hope, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Prentice, Ezra Parmalee (grandfather), dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Prentice, Ezra Parmalee (brother), dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Prentice, Florence Kelly, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Prentice, Paul Cheney, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Prentice, William Kelly, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Prentice, William Packer, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Prentice Family at Golden Wedding Anniversary, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Miscellaneous, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of printed works such as The History and Genealogy of the Prentice, or Prentiss Family, in New England, Etc., from 1631 to 1883 and Eight Generations: The Ancestry, Education and Life of William Packer Prentice, as well as others.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Description

1 box

Binney, C.J.F.: The History and Genealogy of the Prentice, or Prentiss Family, in New England, Etc., from 1631 to 1883, (Boston: The Editor, 1883, 2nd edition), 1883. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Prentice, William Kelly: Eight Generations: The Ancestry, Education and Life of William Packer Prentice (Princeton, N.J., ), 1947. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

The Greek Political Experience, Studies in Honor of William Kelly Prentice (Princeton: Princeton University Press, ), 1941. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Prentice, William Kelly: Scripta Minora, 1900-1922 (bound offprints), 1900-1922. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Print, Suggest