Princeton University History

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • Office of the President Records: Harold T. Shapiro Subgroup

    The Office of the President Records: Harold T. Shapiro document the administration of Princeton's eighteenth president, Harold T. Shapiro through correspondence, memoranda, press releases, and other materials. Topics found in the records include University finances, alumni fundraising, and Princeton’s 250th anniversary celebration. Also present are records documenting Shapiro’s interactions with students, faculty, staff, and various academic departments.Please see series descriptions in contents list for additional information about individual series.

  • Department of Art and Archaeology Records

    Consists of the records of the Department of Art and Archaeology. Included are
    advisory council minutes; faculty files; records of gifts and endowments to the
    Department; correspondence; copies of recommendations written for graduates and
    undergraduates; files pertaining to renovation and expansion projects at the Art
    Museum and Marquand library; course lists; files on art-related organizations and
    museums; and published and unpublished materials documenting the Department's

  • Bureau of Student Placement records

    Consists of army, navy, and marine corps plans for colleges, card files containing information about students in the service, and the correspondence of director Gordon G. Sikes which includes letters to and from servicemen, military officials, and other University administrators.

  • Lawrence Rauch Papers

    The bulk of the collection consists of letters written home by Rauch during his time as a graduate student at Princeton from 1941 to 1949, which document Princeton academics and student life as well as Rauch's work in radio telemetry, and include references to his defense work for the United States government. Additionally, there are photographs which include portraits of Rauch and his family, Princeton era snapshots, and about a dozen photographs of Operation Crossroads atomic blasts.

  • Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds and Buildings Series

    The Historical Photographs Collection -- Grounds and Buildings Photographs documents the enormous growth and change of the face of Princeton University's campus from the late 1850s to the present. Even the face of college campuses is fluid--buildings do not always stand permanently, nor remain in the same location.

  • Student Correspondence and Writings Collection

    The Student Correspondence and Writings Collection contains original materials
    from the university archives that document aspects of student life as
    experienced by students at Princeton University. Materials included in this
    collection either date from the period that the student attended Princeton or
    the content of the correspondence and writings directly relates to the student's

  • Princetoniana Collection

    The Princetoniana Collection is a set of over 1000 books, manuscripts, pamphlets, papers, and other collected materials relating to Princeton University. Nearly every aspect of the University's life from the time of its founding to the modern era is represented to some degree in the Princetoniana Collection. Historical surveys, biographies, and University releases such as the Official Register and the Nassau Herald are all represented in the Princetoniana Collection.

  • Frederick H. Osborn Papers

    The files relate exclusively to Princeton. They include correspondence and reports
    related to Osborn's service as a charter trustee and member of various advisory
    committees, during which time one major project was the commissioning of a
    Carnegie-funded “Study of Education at Princeton University.” Also detailed is
    Osborn's later work on the computerization of the University data files for the
    improvement of the admissions process.

  • Program in Dance Records,

    The records primarily consist of photographs of dance at Princeton collected by Professor Ze'eva Cohen. Also included are DVDs \The Best of Princeton: Alumni Choreographer and Dancers in Concert\ and \40 Years of Dance at Princeton: A Tribute to Ze'eva Cohen\; as well as slides of Cohen's dance classes from the 1970s.

  • Office of the President Records : Jonathan Dickinson to Harold W. Dodds Subgroup

    The content of this collection varies markedly over time. The eighteenth and
    early nineteenth-century presidents' records are typically secondary sources
    such as clippings or letters written by others, most of which long postdate the
    lifetimes of the men to whom they refer. In a few instances, primary material in
    the form of correspondence, financial records, and sermons exists. The early

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