Princeton University History

The Princeton University Archives consists of over 15,000 linear feet of records including administration records (presidents, provosts, deans, and department records, faculty files, undergraduate and graduate alumni files); photographs and other audiovisual materials; and publications that document the history of Princeton University. The University Archives is also the repository for Princeton senior theses and doctoral dissertations.

Additional historical information about Princeton University

Alexander Leitch's A Princeton Companion (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1978) contains biographies of University presidents, trustees, deans, noted alumni, and prominent professors. Other topics include academic department histories, athletics, campus buildings, research, and student activities. This resource is available online and is searchable by keyword.

A host of historical facts about Princeton University are available online through the University's main web page.  In addition to A Princeton Companion, researchers will find links that provide further details on the Presidents of Princeton University, Princeton's History, the Princetoniana Committee, and information on the American Revolution and Princeton.

The Daily Princetonian Archives are available online as well.

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • Consortium for Assistance to the University of Petroleum and Minerals records

    Consists of financial materials, reports, meeting agendas and minutes, correspondence, and a copy of the Consortium agreement.

  • University Chapel Stained Glass Windows Restoration records

    Consists of architectural surveys of the University Chapel with details of the window bays and the exterior facade, as well as photographs, slides, and microfilm documenting the work done on each window and sculpture and day logs recording daily progress. Also in the collection are several boxes of glass fragments from the original windows.

  • Lottery Records

    Box one contains twentieth-century articles about the lotteries, as well as materials from a 1954 University Library exhibit on the lotteries. Boxes two and three contain eighteenth-century lottery documents about the following five lotteries: the Philadelphia Lottery (1749-1750), the Connecticut Lottery (1753-1754), the New Jersey College Lottery (1761), the New Jersey College Lottery (1763-1764), and the Delaware Lottery (1772-1774). All drawings were held in the locations specified except the New Jersey College Lottery of 1761, which was held in Philadelphia.

  • Nassau Hall War Memorial records

    The records document the planning and execution of the memorial to Princeton students of the Second World War, including pictures, preliminary lists of honorees, correspondence with parents and campus groups, and programs from the memorial's unveiling ceremony. Also included is some information about other war memorials in Nassau Hall.

  • Arthur Cort Holden Papers

    Consists of personal papers and correspondence of Arthur Cort Holden. The bulk of the
    material is non-professional in nature and is related to personal financial matters
    such as insurance and investments. Also included are printing invoices and
    correspondence pertaining to several of Holden's works including SONNETS FOR MY CITY
    (1965) and AT THE ROOTS OF THE URBAN CRISIS (1970).

  • Robertson Foundation Records

    Consists of materials from files of the Secretary of the Robertson Foundation, including Robertson Foundation Board of Trustees meeting minutes (1961-2009), Robertson Foundation chronological files (1959-2002), and miscellaneous Robertson Foundation Investment Committee materials (1961-1992). There are two sets of Board of Trustees meeting minutes. The set of minutes in binders (1961-1982, 2000-2008) also contains supplementary information.

  • Historical Photograph Collection: Slides series

    Consists of several hundred lantern slides and 35mm slides containing images of Princeton University, primarily the campus and buildings, but also students, faculty and staff. Includes slide shows associated with specific Princeton classes, for example, the class of 1912, as well as slide shows used to promote the university to external audiences, for example, during recruitment trips in the 1970s.

  • Princeton University Broadsheets Collection

    This collection comprises broadsheets, posters and similar single-sided oversize printed objects created by or for Princeton University. Among the items included in the collection are advertisements for lecutres and exhibitions, 19th century necrology studies of Princeton alumni, diplomas conveying Princeton University congratulations to various schools and people, and miscellaneous announcements.

  • Frustrated Administrators Committee Records

    Consists of meeting announcements and a brief history of the Frustrated
    Administrators Committee.

  • Princeton Playgoers, Inc. records

    Consists of financial records, correspondence, records of ticket sales,
    advertisements, contracts, and other materials documenting the planning and
    production of plays at McCarter Theatre in the summer of 1942.

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