Robert B. and Helen Stevenson Meyner Papers, 1910-1998
Note on Provenance and Access
The Robert B. and Helen Stevenson Meyner Papers were donated to Lafayette College in several installments. The first group consisted of the personal papers of Robert and Helen Meyner and was brought to Skillman Library from the Meyners' home in Princeton, New Jersey in 1992.
In an example of inter-institutional cooperation to unite the papers of Helen Meyner, the second and largest group, Helen Meyner's congressional papers, was transferred to Skillman Library from Princeton University's Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library in the summer of 1993. Helen Meyner had deeded these papers to Princeton University at the completion of her second and last term in the U.S. Congress in 1979. While at Princeton portions of the congressional papers were selectively weeded.
An additional large installment of the Meyners' personal papers was brought to Skillman Library from the Meyners' residence in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, in 1994. Several small gifts of material have been added to the papers since then, including a collection of newspaper clippings, campaign posters and buttons, and photographs from Robert Meyner's early campaigns, which belonged to William Blackton, Meyner's press secretary while serving in the New Jersey State Senate. These materials were added to the existing collection where appropriate.
Following Helen Meyner's death in late 1997, additional collections of subject & correspondence files, photographs, and clippings arrived at Lafayette College. These materials include Robert Meyner's office files from the Newark and Phillipsburg, NJ, offices of Meyner & Landis, as well as photographs, clippings, and correspondence from Helen Meyner's home in Florida. Priscilla Stevenson Hunt, Helen Meyner's sister, donated additional materials in late 1999, including letters of condolence she recieved following Helen's death and correspondence between the two sisters from their youth. These materials, as well, were incorporated into the existing collection.
The processing of this collection was made possible through the generous support of Richard and Priscilla Stevenson Hunt.
Access to these papers by qualified researchers is without restriction, save for a number of small subseries in the congressional papers that have been closed for legal reasons of confidentiality and privacy. Photocopying and publishing from the collection are allowed, subject to the guidelines of the repository and the laws of copyright. Robert Meyner's official gubernatorial records are located at the New Jersey State Archives in Trenton.
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