Princeton University History

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • Memorabilia Collection

    The clothing group includes handkerchiefs, hatbands, and neckties. Dishware includes plates, mugs, beer cans, and bottles, as well as ashtrays, cigarette cases, and class day pipes. The grounds and building memorabilia contains pieces of buildings, keys, and bells. Sports is comprised of tickets, trophies, awards, and cups. (Some of the larger silver cups listed on the item list are stored in the vault. These are designated with a V in the box category.) Series E has medals, patches, and pins, ribbons. Series F includes stamps, pins, a plaque and an umbrella.

  • Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Records

    The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs records document
    the founding and development of Princeton University's professional public
    policy school. The records contain the correspondence of the various
    administrators of the school and its affiliated research sections and centers;
    subject files originating from the administrative offices; the school's annual
    reports to the President; and records of many of the Public Affairs Conference

  • Office of Research and Project Administration Records

    The collection consists of annual reports, board minutes, policies, and interoffice correspondence of ORPA. Additionally, it contains files assembled for large-scale university research projects such as the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, as well as on research-related issues such as the use of human subjects and biosafety. Also included in the collection are research proposals submitted to ORPA from academic departments in both the sciences and the humanities. Series 2 contains research proposals that have been transferred as electronic records.

  • American Whig Society Records

    Consists of records of the American Whig Society (1769-1941). The materials document the growth and development of the oldest literary and debating society in the United States, from its inception in 1769, through its rivalry with the other campus literary organization, the Cliosophic Society, to its final merger with Clio in 1941. Included are minutes of meetings, financial records, and correspondence of members, as well as committee reports, membership lists, constitutions, and by-laws.

  • Roy Heath Class of 1954 Advisee Project Interviews

    The collection comprises materials related to a study that Heath, a clinical psychologist, conducted on 36 members of the Class of 1954 during their years at Princeton. Most of the documents are transcriptions of interviews Heath conducted with the students on a regular basis. The students are coded by number, but Heath provided a list to enable individuals to be identified once the collection is opened in 2035.

  • Historical Subject Files Collection

    The Historical Subject Files documents Princeton University history and related topics from 1746 to the present. The collection consists of documents in almost every two-dimensional format: articles, books and booklets, clippings, correspondence, memoranda, non-photographic images, notes, pamphlets, posters, and reports.

  • Princeton University Class Records

    The Class Records consist of a diverse set of materials documenting the history and activities of Princeton University classes during their time as undergraduates and as alumni. In the collection are correspondence, newsletters, publications, photographs, and memorabilia, all of which pertain to a particular Princeton University graduating class and its members.The most common type of material in the collection is class secretary records consisting of correspondence to individual classmates.

  • General Princeton Theater Collection

    The collection consists of materials gathered about campus theatrical groups that are
    not already represented in dedicated archival collections. The materials include
    posters, programs, photographs, news clippings, a single VHS videocassette, and a
    very small amount of design and planning materials. The collection also contains
    clippings about performances of the Princeton University Program in Theater and

  • Princeton University Balloon Club records

    Consists of a scrapbook documenting the existence of the Princeton University Balloon
    Club. The scrapbook contains pictures, clippings, aircraft registrations, member
    lists, and a heavily used flight manual.

  • Department of Politics Records

    The Department of Politics records document the activities of Princeton University's Department of Politics from the time of its founding until the mid-1960s. The records consist of faculty correspondence and meeting minutes; course materials such as syllabi, exams, and grades; and subject files.Please see series descriptions in contents list for additional information about individual series.

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