Princeton University History

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • Harry Z. O'Brien Correspondence

    The collection documents student life at Princeton just before the turn of the 20th
    century. The majority of the correspondence is from Harry O'Brien to his sister, Miss
    Annie P. O'Brien, a student at the Marshall Seminary in Philadelphia. Topics covered
    in the letters include classes and examinations, lectures, literary contests, class
    elections and Princeton sports teams.

  • Admiral Caspar Frederick Goodrich papers on the Princeton University Naval Training Unit

    Consists of Goodrich's correspondence and program records pertaining to the administration of the Naval Training Unit at Princeton University.

  • Princeton Inn Records

    The collection consists primarily of the minute books of the Princeton Inn Company,
    which generally discuss the financial state of the Inn, and cover both the Inn
    Company's incorporation (and Alumni appeal for funding) as well as the final sale of
    the Inn and its assets to the University. It also includes an oversized form book
    containing examples of various forms and vouchers used at the hotel.

  • Undergraduate Alumni Records

    Consists of individual files of former undergraduate students of Princeton
    University, compiled by the Bureau of Alumni Information. Material in each file
    varies greatly but most include the names of relatives, notable achievements at
    Princeton and post-graduation, news items, address updates, and obituaries.

  • Office of the President Records: William G. Bowen Subgroup

    The collection contains the files compiled by the Office of the President during the presidency of William G. Bowen GS'58 (July 1972 to January 1988). The files consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports, speeches, publications, and other assorted material. Series 18 includes the files of three assistants to the president, biographical and photographic material about Bowen, and a card index of the files. There is some overlap between the files in this collection and the files of presidents Goheen and Shapiro.

  • Rector's Aid Society Minutes

    The minute book of the Rector's Aid Society is 6.5 inches by 8 inches and about one
    hundred pages; only seventeen are used. It contains a list of the twenty members plus
    minutes of the monthly meetings, from 15 October 1867 to December 1868, taken by the
    student secretary. The minutes record reports of committees and the Rector, as well
    as the topic of the evening's discussion.

  • Department of Chemistry Records

    The collection contains examinations and grade books, records pertaining to
    chemistry research performed at the department in support of the U.S. Manhattan
    project and departmental records.

  • John D. Davies Collection on Hobey Baker

    Consists of research material collected by Davies (Princeton Class of 1941) for his book The Legend of Hobey Baker (1966). Included are correspondence, research notes, manuscript drafts, photographs, and printed material--all pertaining to Baker’s career as an ice hockey and football athlete at St. Paul’s Preparatory School and Princeton University, and as a member of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I.

  • C. Bernard Shea collection on Princeton University Athletics

    This collection consists of Princeton University athletics statistics and newspaper clippings compiled by C. Bernard Shea between 1901 and 1950. A number of sports are represented however the bulk of the materials are related to football. Also included is a copy of Intercollegiate Football, A Complete Pictorial and Statistical Review 1869-1934 edited by Christy Walsh.

  • Hedges family papers

    This collection contains scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, lecture notes, and more belonging to Benjamin van Doren Hedges and his three sons Benjamin Jr., Robert, and John, as well as other friends and family members, including material produced at Princeton and in other locations.



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