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
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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