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Princeton University Library Collection of Andrew Fleming West Correspondence

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West, Andrew Fleming, 1853-1943

Andrew Fleming West graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in the Class of 1874. In 1883 he was called to Princeton by President McCosh to fill the newly founded Giger chair in Latin. He was president of the American Philological Association, a trustee of the American Academy in Rome, one of the founders of the American School of Classical Studies in Rome, and the principal founder of the American Classical League, which he organized in an effort to stem the decline of interest in the classics. The organizing and fund-raising talents West used in his efforts on behalf of the classics continued in Princeton University's highly successful sesquicentennial celebration in 1896. As secretary of the committee in charge of the celebration, he organized a three-day affair, including a program of public lectures by visiting scholars from abroad that set a pattern for other, later university celebrations, and a spectacular torchlight procession of 2,000 fancily costumed alumni that stimulated the development of the most colorful event of the annual Commencement season -- the alumni parade. With his appointment in December 1900 as first dean of the graduate school, West devoted his energy and talents to the development of the school and particularly to the creation of a residential graduate college. West retired in 1928 after forty-five years as Giger Professor of Latin and twenty-seven years as dean of the graduate school.

The collection consists chiefly of correspondence of Princeton Dean Andrew F. West regarding a conference (1917) on classical studies and the foundation of the American Classical League, as well as letters to his sister, Clara L. West, and his son, Randolph West. Correspondents include John Jay Chapman; President Calvin Coolidge; John Huston Finley, Princeton University faculty member, 1900-1903; Sir Auckland Geddes; James Curtis Hepburn, Princeton Class of 1832; Charles Evans Hughes; Jean Jules Jusserand; Sir Frederic Kenyon; Howard Seavoy Leach; Richard Winn Livingston; Henry Cabot Lodge; A. Lawrence Lowell; Samuel Walker McCall; John William Mackail; Albert Mansbridge; Allan Marquand, Princeton Class of 1874; Alexander Meiklejohn; Edward P. Mitchell; Alfred Noyes (letter accompanying an autograph manuscript signed on the "Value of Classical Studies"); William Osler; George W. Pepper; Mahlon Pitney, Princeton Class of 1879; Elihu Root; Charles M. Schwab; President William Howard Taft; Miss M. Carey Thomas; Frank A. Vanderlip; Benjamin Ide Wheeler; Shirley Weber; and George W. Wickersham.

Also included are typescripts of several poems written by West, entitled "Boston" (finely printed copy, 1899), "Philadelphia" (1894) and "Here and Beyond"; the latter was written for his 80th birthday, signed and dated May 17, 1933. Also included are West's final class grades for his junior year at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), signed by the registrar and dated July 7, 1873.

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

Letter to Allan Marquand was a gift of Mrs. Douglas Delanoy on Dec. 19, 1974.

Letter to Shirley Weber was a gift of Shirley Weber.

Poems "Boston" and "Philadelphia" were gifts of the Allan Marquand estate.

Letters from Chapman, Coolidge, Mansbridge, Finley, Geddes, Hughes, Jusserand, Kenyon, Livingston, Lodge, Lowell, McCall, Mackail, Meiklejohn, Mitchell, Noyes, Osler, Pepper, Pitney, Root, Taft, Thomas, Schwab, Wheeler, Wickersham and Vanderlip were gifts of Andrew F. West on Sept. 29, 1927.

Letters to Clara West, Randolph West, and A. K. Bowman were a gift of John Lee West in 2016. (AM 2017-74)

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2006
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

Chapman, John Jay: Letter Relating to "Classical Studies", 1923 July 25. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Coolidge, Calvin: 4 Letters to West, 1919-1924. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Finley, John Huston: 11 Letters Concerning Classical Revival, 1919-1925. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Daniels, Josophus: Letter Referring to Classical Studies, 1924 July 18. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Geddes, Auckland, Sir: Letter to West Inviting Him to Bring Sir Frederic Kenyon to Supper, 1923 January 23. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hepburn, James Curtis: Letter to West Asking for Reservation for the Sesquicentennial Celebration, 1896. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hughes, Charles Evans: Letter to West Declining an Invitation to Speak in Boston, 1922 May 26. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Jusserand, Jean Jules: 3 Letters to West, 1917-1924. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Kenyon, Frederic, Sir: 10 Letters Discussing the Study of Classics, 1919-1925. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Livingston, Richard Winn: 9 Letters Concerning Classical Studies, 1917-1923. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lodge, Henry Cabot: 13 Letters Concerning Classical Studies, 1917-1923. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lowell, A. Lawrence: Letter from Harvard University President, 1917 June 29. 1 folder.
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1 folder

MacKail, John William: 15 Letters to West, 1922-1926. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Mansbridge, Albert: 2 Letters to West Regarding Classical Studies and Adult Education, 1922 July 28. 1 folder.
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1 folder

McCall, Samuel Walker: Letter to West, 1917 May 30. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Meiklejohn, Alexander: Letter Declining Invitation to Speak at a Conference on Classical Studies, 1917 March 28. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Mitchell, Edward Page: 7 Letters to West, 1917-1918. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Noyes, Alfred: Letter Accompanying an Autograph Manuscript Signed on the "Value of Classical Studies", 1917 July 6. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Osler, William: Letter Acknowledging the Receipt of a Book, 1918 September 16. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Pepper, George Wharton: Letter Declining an Invitation, 1923 January 22. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Pitney, Mahlon: 2 Letters to West, 1917. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Root, Elihu: 5 Letters to West, 1917-1924. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Schwab, Charles: 4 Letters to West, 1919-1931. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Taft, William Howard: 8 Letters to West, 1920-1925. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Thomas, M. Carey, Miss: 2 Letters to West, 1918. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Vanderlip, Frank: 2 Letters to West, 1917. 1 folder.
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1 folder

West, Andrew Fleming: Printed Copy of Poem with a Letter from West to Ms. Marquand, 1931 December 4. 1 folder.
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1 folder

West, Andrew Fleming: "Philadelphia" Transcript of Poem, Autographed, 1894 January 1. 1 folder.
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1 folder

West, Andrew Fleming: Letter to Howard Seavoy Leach, 1923 April 7. 1 folder.
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1 folder

West, Andrew Fleming: Letter to Shirley Weber, 1920 July 9. 1 folder.
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1 folder

West, Andrew Fleming: Letter to Professor Allan Marquand, 1918 February 3. 1 folder.
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1 folder

West, Andrew Fleming: "Here and Beyond" a Typed Poem for an 80th Birthday, 1933 May 17. 1 folder.
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1 folder

West, Andrew Fleming: Final Class Grades for West's Junior Year at Princeton University, 1873 July 7. 1 folder.
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1 folder

West, Andrew Fleming: Letters to His Sister, Clara L. West, 1881. 1 folder.
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1 folder

West, Andrew Fleming: Letters to His Son, Randolph West, and Daughter-in-Law, Emily Lee West, 1927-1933. 1 folder.
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1 folder

West, Andrew Fleming: Letter to A. K. Bowman, 1932 May 21. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Wheeler, Benjamin Ide: Letter to West, 1917 April 16. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Wickersham, George: Letter Returning Tickets for the Classics Conference at Princeton, 1917 May 31. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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