Princeton University History
Collections with Divisional Holdings
Princeton University Commencement Records
Consists of programs, bulletins, announcements, and newspaper clippings which
document Princeton University commencement activities from 1748 to the present.
Generally, files are arranged chronologically by year. In addition there are separate
series consisting of bound programs, electrical broadcast transcriptions, bound
commencement notices, oversize material, and audio recodings of various commencement,
McCarter Theatre Records
The McCarter Theatre records document the history of the McCarter Theatre, including administration, performances and productions, and the building itself. Documents related to productions include annotated scripts, programs, set and costume designs, drafts, sheet music, photographs of performances, and promotional material. Documents related to McCarter Theatre administration include memoranda, correspondence, reports, and financial material. Blueprints, plans, reports, and photographs document the construction and maintenance of the building.
Princeton History of New Jersey Series collection
The collection consists of Thomas J. Wertenbaker's correspondence pertaining to the Princeton History of New Jersey Series, a set of volumes by different historians exploring a different aspect or period in New Jersey's development. Though Wertenbaker himself did not write a volume, he coordinated the efforts of the historians involved and acted as an advisor throughout the project.
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.
Historical Postcard Collection
The Historical Postcard Collection contains both unmarked and canceled postcards which document the buildings and environs of the Princeton University campus. It includes both monochrome and color postcards. Several postcard booklets are housed at the end of the collection.
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.
Committee on Safety and Insurance records
Consists of Commitee minutes, accident reports, insurance policies, general subject files, and correspondence.
University Research Board Records
Consists of University Research Board meeting minutes, annual reports, correspondence between members, and some subject files, as well as the memos and correspondence of Raymond J. Woodrow, executive officer and secretary of the Committee on Project Research and Invention. Much of Woodrow's material pertains to University sponsored research in support of WWII efforts.
General Manuscripts Collection
The General Manuscripts Collection consists of individual manuscripts and small
collections of papers and records which are related in some way to the history,
students, and alumni of Princeton University. The vast majority of the documents
in the General Manuscripts collection were produced by alumni, although there
are several exceptions such as trustees or other members of the University
Andrew C. Imbrie Papers
Consists of papers of Imbrie (Princeton Class of 1895), including undergraduate letters sent home (1891-1895), Princeton University records (1906-1942), and an Imbrie family genealogy. Among subjects touched frequently in his student letters to his parents are housing, campus customs, campus organizations, buildings and grounds, the course of study, campus figures, honors, football, and skating on the local canal.
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