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Over 600 books and pamphlets by or with contributions by Tarkington and a nearly complete file of the hundreds of periodicals containing contributions by or about him. Much of this published material is of considerable rarity. There are some annotated copies of interest, such as a copy of The Guardian (New York, 1907) by Tarkington and Harry Leon Wilson, with a presentation inscription from Tarkington to Willian Hereford, and extensive revisions in Tarkington's hand. For particulars giving backround about this material refer to: "The Booth Tarkington Papers" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XII, 2 (Winter, 1951) pp.91-92 [full text].

An important segment of the Tarkington holdings are some 700+ volumes catalogued as a collection and supplied with a 117 page finding aid [full text of this listing] and are stored at ReCAP. The Princeton collection is a composite from the original collections of Barton Currie, Julian Street, Howard Fischer, Theodore Newbold, Elizabeth Stanley Trotter (Tarkington's personal secretary), and Booth Tarkington. Many items are inscribed by Tarkington to former owners or contain Tarkington's bookplate. The finding aid details in full any and all inscriptions in the books. Earliest accession in this collection dates to 1950, when Mrs. Booth Tarkington donated her husband's papers. Other significant accession dates include Barton Currie's 1958 gift, Julian Street's 1979 gift, and Elizabeth Stanley Trotter's 1974 gift. These 700+ volumes are arranged in the order as listed in Russo's bibliography (see below). Other printed material related to and owned by Booth Tarkington can be found in section VII. Printed Material/Magazines, Boxes 222-252, of the Booth Tarkington papers, 1812-1956 (C0062) in the mss. collections located at Princeton University Library.

A copy of Russo's bibliography has been partially checked against Library holdings and is available in the Dulles Reading Room: Dorothy Ritter Russo. A Bibliography of Booth Tarkington 1869-1946. (Indianapolis, 1949) [(ExB) 3952.75.079]

See also: An Exhibition of Booth Tarkington's Works in the Treasure Room of the Princeton University Library, March-April, 1946 [(Ex) 3952.75.862]