Finding and Viewing Holden's Collection

Special Collections at Firestone Library holds both items that document Miriam Holden’s life (her personal letters, papers, etc) and material collected by her.

The Miriam Y. Holden Collection, 1676-1993 (mostly 1930-1969) (C0071) “contains personal papers of Holden, including lectures, speeches, articles, and correspondence, reflecting the views of American feminists during the post-19th Amendment, pre-Feminine Mystique era, especially the early efforts to pass an equal rights amendment. Also included alongside contemporary feminist views is a bulk of materials related to the role women have played in the long history, from ancient Rome to the first women lawyers to depictions of women in mythical stories, reflecting Holden's belief that something needed to be done about the absence of women in the world's history.”

Holden’s books are held in both Special and General Collections at Princeton’s Firestone Library. To browse all the books collected by Holden and donated to Princeton, please use the library catalog to search for “Miriam Y. Holden” (including the parentheses!) in the main search bar at the top of the catalog. From your results page, use the “library” filter on the left-hand side to view only material held in “Firestone Library” and “Special Collections”. To view only books in the general collections, choose only “Firestone Library”; to view only books held in Special Collections, choose only “Special Collections.”

Do note that while Firestone Library is not open to the public, Special Collections is. All researchers are welcome to come to Princeton to view any of the manuscript or book items related to Holden held by Special Collections. To learn more about visiting, please see the Reading Room Guidelines on the Special Collections website.

Questions related to the content of the collection or the access policies and procedures are welcome to contact Special Collections staff using the Ask Us! Form.