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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
609-258-3184
Acting Associate University Librarian for Rare Books and Special Collections
609-258-3165

Prof. Theodore W. Hunt introduced the study of Anglo-Saxon and Middle English to graduate students at Princeton during 1878-79. To support his teaching program, the University purchased 240 lots from the library of William G. Medlicott of Longmeadow, Mass. during 1879. Princeton was the second greatest purchaser of books from Medlicott's library at the time (Harvard was foremost in this area); the University was the largest purchaser of books from the Anglo-Saxon section of Medlicott's library, buying 58% of his Anglo-Saxon books. These books were and are the Library's bedrock collection for the field. See: J.R. Hall, "William G. Medlicott (1816-1883): An American Book Collector and His Collection" in Harvard Library Bulletin New Series I, 1 (Spring, 1990), esp. 27-8, 33.