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

  • Administrative Planning Committee Records

    Consists of the monthly meeting minutes and attendance lists of the Administrative Planning Committee for the year 1968-1969.

  • Office of Information Technology Records

    The Office of Information Technology Records consists of papers and multimedia
    related to the administration and implementation of information technology at
    Princeton University. Key components of the collection include annual reports,
    priorities committee reports, correspondence, brochures, user and systems
    manuals, surveys and questionnaires on faculty and student computer usage,
    research material on the history of computing at Princeton, slides and

  • William S. Dix Papers

    The William S. Dix Papers document Dix's professional life outside of his career as Princeton's University Librarian, with the bulk of the documentation focusing on Dix's service as a member of the United States National Commission for UNESCO and the Association of Research Libraries. The papers primarily contain correspondence; however, reports, meeting minutes, and articles are also included.Please see series descriptions in the contents list for additional information about individual series.

  • Jonathan Belcher Collection

    The Jonathan Belcher Collection consists of collected research materials regarding
    Jonathan Belcher's relation to the history of Princeton University. The papers
    consist of correspondence, articles, clippings, and copies of original materials from
    Belcher collections held at Princeton and elsewhere. Topics covered include Belcher's
    contributions to the foundations of the college library, the preservation of the

  • Steve M. Slaby Papers

    Consists primarily of memoranda and correspondence of Slaby and departmental records (such as annual reports, committee minutes, and conference materials) and course materials (such as lecture notes, examinations, problem sets, and student papers) of Princeton University's Graphics and Engineering Drawing Department. Also included are materials which document Slaby's involvement in political issues of the 1960s and 1970s.

  • Department of Biology Records

    The collection primarily consists of the records of the Department of Biology
    assembled during the tenures of Department Chairmen Edwin G. Conklin and Elmer
    Butler. Included are correspondence, general subject files, and records
    pertaining to grants, research endowments, publications, and administrative
    matters such as budgets and staffing. Also includes sponsored research reports
    and student grade cards.

  • Princeton University at Exposition Universelle Internationale Records

    The collection includes photographs, graphic charts, and wall labels used in the
    exhibition, as well as an official certificate awarded to Princeton University for
    its exhibition.

  • Historical Audiovisual Collection

    This collection has been divided into 21 broad topics, however, two comprise over
    half of the collection, having 500 items each: Music and
    Lectures/Addresses/Forums/Debates. The musical material is composed of record albums
    and magnetic tapes of performances by the Nassoons, the Princeton Tigertones,
    Tigertown Five, The Triangle Club Jazz Band, undergraduate and graduate composers,
    the Princeton University Orchestra, Glee Club, Chapel Choir, and the Smith-Princeton

  • Princeton University Women's Organization Records

    Consists of clippings, correspondence, reports, and studies pertaining to issues such as tenure, staff relations, and student recruitment. Though undergraduates were allowed to be members of PUWO the majority of the material reports on matters affecting University faculty and staff.

  • Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding records

    The collection documents the Carl A. Fields Center's programs and administration over a period of thirty years. Materials include program and event announcements, planning materials for events and forums, financial records, facility use records, board meeting minutes, annual reports, student publications and photographs.

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