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Oliver Stromberg Collection of William Beebe Book Collecting Files


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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Beebe, William

William Beebe (1877-1962) was an American naturalist, marine biologist, explorer, and writer. After attending Columbia, Beebe was appointed to the New York Zoological Society as curator of ornithology and then later as the director of the Department of Tropical Research. Throughout his lifetime Beebe led several successful expeditions to support his research and writing. He is credited alongside engineer Otis Burton as being the designer of the bathysphere, a diving vessel that allowed Beebe to observe marine life in the deep sea.

Stromberg, Oliver

Oliver Stromberg was a Maryland book collector interested in writing a book on American naturalist and explorer, William Beebe.

Collection primarily consists of orders, invoices, book catalogs, and correspondence from booksellers related to William Beebe's book purchases. Additionally, there is one folder that consists of materials about Beebe that was collected by Stromberg in prepartion to write a book.

Collection was purchased by Oliver Stromberg from Peacock Books in Massachusetts in 1993. Seller acquired the materials from an unnamed bookseller with ties to Mrs. Beebe.

Purchase, 2018 (AM 2018-75).

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Collection was processed by Sara Rogers in August 2018. Finding aid written by Sara Rogers in August 2018.

No materials were removed from the collection during 2018 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Sara Rogers
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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

William Beebe Book Collecting Files, 1912-1951. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

Stromberg Working File on Beebe, 1925-1993. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence, photocopies, and clippings collected by Stromberg related to William Beebe. Includes a photocopy of The Princeton University Library Needs bulletin which lists several books acquired by Princeton from Beebe's collection, and one of Beebe's personal bookplates.

Physical Description

1 folder

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