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Information for Alumni and Individual Donors

Alumni and Individual Donors

University Archives

We are always happy to receive records relating to Princeton University's past. The Archives would be much poorer if not for the generosity of alumni, faculty, and staff and their respective families. We are especially interested in records that might shed light on student life, including diaries, correspondence home, scrapbooks, examination questions, course syllabi and notes, and photographs. If you should come across such records, we would be delighted to make a home for them.

There are some items that we do not need: Nassau Heralds, Bric-a-Bracs, and reunion books published before 1950, most mass-published books pertaining to Princeton, and reunion clothing. Except for the last instance, we have multiple copies of these publications. If you are at all uncertain about whether or not to donate something, feel free to email us. The editorial office of the Princeton Alumni Weekly may be interested in copies of the Nassau Heralds, Bric-a-Bracs, and Freshmen Heralds. Please contact them directly.

You can send donations of analog and digital records to the Mudd Manuscript Library. Whether you are donating analog or digital records, please also send a completed Princeton University Archives Donor Agreement Form, which you can access either as a PDF (for printing and mailing) or as a webform. Analog records can be sent via mail (65 Olden Street, Princeton, NJ, 08544) or donated in person at Mudd Library. We accept digital records from alumni in one of the following ways, whichever is most convenient for the donor:

  1. For digital records located on a single computer or device, A) copy the files to an external hard drive or USB drive and B) mail the drive to us (65 Olden Street, Princeton, NJ, 08544) at Mudd Library.
  2. For digital records located on a single computer or device, A) zip ("Compress" on OS X) the folder you wish to share, B) upload it to Google Drive, and C) share the archival folder (view-only access) with the Mudd Library email address, mudd@princeton.edu. If you do not have a Google Drive account, email us at mudd@princeton.edu and we will create and share a folder with you to upload your ZIP file.
  3. For digital records created, maintained, or used exclusively or primarily within Google Drive or Dropbox, A) share the archival folder (view-only access) with the Mudd Library email address, mudd@princeton.edu.

Please let us know if you experience any complications in donating your digital records, and we would happy to assist you. After we receive the donor form and the donation of records, we will send a brief acknowledgment to assure you that the records arrived safely. Then, in due course, you will receive a formal letter of acknowledgment from the University Librarian.

Public Policy Papers

All donations to the Public Policy Papers must be discussed with the Curator of Public Policy Papers beforehand to ensure that the donation is an appropriate fit with our holdings.

Downloadable Documents