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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