Princeton University History
Collections with Divisional Holdings
Princeton Summer Theater Records
The collection consists of organizational records and promotional materials which
document the activities of Princeton Summer Theater dating back to its inception as
Summer Intime. Earlier materials such as the group's charter, board meeting minutes,
correspondence and financial records primarily document the development of the
organization, while later materials such as playbills, press packets, photographs and
posters primarily document the group's theatrical productions.
Steward and Refectory Records
Consists of records relating to various expenses incurred by 18th- and 19th-century students while at Princeton. They are divided into two groups: 1) Refectory accounts, which are predominantly lists of students and the amounts due from each for itemized expenses, including room and board, tuition, library, servant wages, washing, damages and fuel. Other materials include bills, various accounts and reports, an inventory of furniture belonging to the kitchen in 1816, and bills, accounts and reports relating to the building of a new refectory in 1834-35.
Department of History records
Consists of subject and faculty files, correspondence, departmental budgets, and
course syllabi. Also included in the collection are statistical forms of 19th
century Princeton alumni compiled for a research project by the Shelby Cullom
Davis Center for Historical Studies, records from the NDEA Institute for
Advanced Studies in History, and records from a 1996 conference on American
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Alliance Records
This collection documents both LGBA activities and issues affecting lesbian, gay,
and bisexual people at Princeton and elsewhere. Since the LGBA is generally a
student organization, the completeness of this collection varies according to
student interest in collecting material. The office files since the arrival of
the director are no less incomplete.
Philip Ober papers
The papers contain color photographs of Ober, his wife, and Elizabeth Taylor;
newspaper clippings describing Ober's work to free American prisoners in a Mexican
jail; and obituaries and letters of condolences sent to his wife.
Program in African-American Studies records
Consists of course proposals and descriptions, proposals for a post-doctoral
program, and meeting minutes and correspondence of the interdepartmental
committee. The origin of the bulk of the correspondence is committee member
Professor Steve Slaby. Much of it pertains to the appointment of new program
chairman Cornel West in 1987-88. Also included in the collection is a report to
the Rockefellar Foundation describing the Program's graduate and faculty
Cleveland Memorial Tower Visitor Logs collection
Consists of 11 log books signed by visitors to the Cleveland Memorial Tower.
Historical Photograph Collection, Lake Carnegie Construction Photographs
The collection contains 479 dry gelatin glass plate negatives measuring 5 x 7 inches that document the construction of Lake Carnegie in Princeton, NJ. There are also 314 black and white paper prints developed approximately at the time the photographs were taken. The negatives and prints date from circa 1905 to 1907, with the bulk dating from 1905 to 1906.
Office of Development Donor Files
Consists exclusively of donor files created and maintained by Princeton University's Office of Development. No other administrative records are included.
Alumni Organization records
Consists primarily of administrative materials such as correspondence, meeting minutes, notebooks and reports belonging to both national and regional associations and their committees, most from the first half of the 20th century. Also contains newsletters, alumni directories, scrapbooks, photographs, and materials documenting reunions and alumni organization activities from the late 19th century forward.
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