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Rare Books

Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
609-258-3184
Curator of Rare Books
609-258-9942

In 1924-25, the Library received 2,831 books from Boker's private library and these were scattered throughout its collections.

There are 57 entries listed for Boker in the Bibliography of American Literature. and it is likely these are marked for Princeton's holdings. A founding member of the Union League of Philadelphia, it is thought that he may have been a compiler for their publications. In addition, he was Minister to Turkey (1871-1875) and Envoy to Russia (1875-1878).

The Manuscripts Division holds the George H. Boker manuscripts, 1847-1886 [(MSS) C0208], which consists of manuscripts of poems and plays by Boker (Princeton Class of 1842). Most of the eleven plays in the collection appear in several versions; generally, there is an autograph manuscript and typescript copy for each, but for many of the plays there are also revised versions and actors' copies.