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Rare Books

Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Curator of Rare Books

Location designator: P

An old collection (evidently organized about the turn of the 20th century) that was originally designed to gather books, bound manuscripts, photograph albums and other material either about Princeton, or originating in the University, or written by Princetonians. By 1981, the collection was fragmented as various parts were stored in various libraries or they had been lost altogether.

In 2003-2004, the General Rare Books Department updated the holdings of the "P" books in their collections. The records are in the Library's online catalogue. Generally, Mudd Library holds items with numbers, P00-P92. The Rare Books Dept. holds books formerly in the 18th Century Room at Firestone, together with other materials. Some "P" items have been transferred to the "bound mss" section of the Manuscripts Division. The remainder are at the Annex Library.

A list of the contents of the Princetoniana Collection as of 1920 is available in Princeton University Library Classed List vol. 6 (Special Collections) (Princeton, 1920) [(ExB) 0639.7373.5]. [full text]