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Philip Ashton Rollins Collection

Identifier: WC001

Scope and Contents

Supplementing his collection of printed Western Americana, these papers comprise manuscripts, correspondence, documents, photographs, and miscellanea relating to Rollins's interest and involvement in the American West. Included are typed manuscripts-of articles, stories, and a poem, including some variant copies and revisions; of Gone Haywire (1930), his fictionalized autobiography; and of The Journey and Travelling Memoranda of Robert Stuart . . ., edited by Rollins and published in 1935 as The Discovery of the Oregon Trail: Robert Stuart's Narratives. Correspondence of Rollins (Princeton Class of 1889), of his wife, Beulah, and of her assistant, Elizabeth Shields, consists primarily of responses from libraries, historical societies, and other sources in connection with his research and collecting.

In addition, there are papers of others, including transcripts of 19th-century journals, an autograph manuscript of a diary of an overland trip, and letters from goldminers to their families giving vivid narratives of their experiences; approximately 840 silver gelatin and albumen photographs and postcards (including one photograph album), either taken or collected by Rollins, depicting rodeos, Western towns, gold prospecting, fauna, cattle ranching, and frontier life and travel in such states as Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming, etc. and including images by R.R. Doubleday, J.E. Stimson, W.S. Bowman, and Major Lee Moorhouse; printed material and miscellaneous clippings; and memorabilia/objects, including a lariat and spurs.

The following standard abbreviations, or their variations, are used to identify materials in this collection: Ms = manuscript, AMsS = autograph manuscript signed.


  • Creation: 1887-1950
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1900-1930

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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.


25 boxes

14 linear feet

Language of Materials



Consists of personal papers and material related to the American West collected by Philip Ashton Rollins (1869-1950).


The contents of each series are grouped more specifically by the items' natures; and, when possible, they are arranged alphabetically, either according to author or subject.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Likely gift of Philip A. and Beulah Rollins, 1947. (AM 14436A, AM 2016-51)


No appraisal information is available.

Related Materials

Bound manuscripts and scrapbooks, formerly part of the collection, have been cataloged separately as part of C0199 (General Bound Manuscripts).

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jessica Dye in 2004. Finding aid written by Jessica Dye in 2004. Updated by Valerie Addonizio in 2009.

Philip Ashton Rollins Collection, 1887-1950 (bulk 1900-1930): Finding Aid
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Revision Statements

  • 2012-05-02T12:40:46.899-04:00: Run through PULFA 2.0 normalization routines.

Repository Details

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