to William S. Dix

T. S.Eliot
6 February 1957
DearDix, William Shepherdand is acknowledged;b3 Mr. Dix,

I have just returned from abroad and find your letter of January 24th, embodying the terms on which you have accepted the collection of my letters presented to Princeton University Library by Miss Emily Hale. The terms set forth in your letter of January 24th seem to me perfectly reasonable and I have no objection to raise. I interpret your letter as meaning that the collection has been put in sealed containers and will remain sealed until the expiration of the term of fifty years after death.

Yours sincerely,
[T. S. Eliot]
Dix, William Shepherd, acknowledges EH's bequest to Princeton, produces legal memorandum, objects to 50-year moratorium, suspected of reading letters, requested to write to TSE, writes to reassure, and is acknowledged, receives further material from EH, pushes again for shorter moratorium, which TSE again rejects, invited to petition TSE directly, supposed to write to TSE,

1.WilliamDix, William Shepherd Shepherd Dix (1910–78): Librarian, Princeton University, 1953–75. Having gained first degrees (BA and MA) at the University of Virginia, he earned a doctorate in American literature at the University of Chicago. After working first as a teacher and English instructor, he became Associate Professor of English and Librarian of Rice Institute, Houston, Texas (now Rice University), 1947–53. Resolutely opposed to censorship and intellectual constraint, he served as chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the American Library Association (ALA), 1951–3; chair of the International Relations Committee, 1955–60; and President of the ALA, 1969–70. In addition, he was Executive Secretary, 1957–9, and President, 1962–3, of the Association of Research Libraries. Recognised as one of the topmost figures in librarianship, he was honoured by the American Library Association with the Dewey Medal, 1969, and the Lippincott Award, 1971.