Princeton University History

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • Copybook Collection

    The Copybook Collection brings together original materials from the university archives. Copybooks document individual students' work and interests; they may contain penmanship exercises, handwritten excerpts of poems, and/or literary translations.

  • Triangle Club Board of Trustee Records

    The collection documents the governance of the Triangle Club by its graduate Board of Trustees, particularly under the chairmanship of John Ball '52 (1973-1985), and includes bylaws, correspondence, reports and meeting agendas and minutes. The materials cover the pivotal period in the late 1960s and early 1970s during which Princeton University and the Triangle Club became coeducational institutions. The collection also includes minutes of the board of trustees meetings for 1983-1992 and 2006-2011.

  • Historical Photograph Collection: Individuals series

    Consists of photographs of notable visitors to Princeton University. Also included are some images of staff.

  • Princeton Alumni Weekly Oral History Project Records

    The collection consists of interviews of eleven members of the Class of 1962 during their 50th reunion in May and June of 2012. The alumni converse about Princeton during their time on campus including its social life, academics and student activities. The collection includes transcripts (Microsoft Word documents and PDFs); videos (on DVD) and audio files (on DVD) of the interviews. All interviews were conducted by Princeton Alumni Weekly staff member Brett Tomlinson.

  • Arthur J. Horton Collection on Coeducation

    Since these are the records of one member of the committee–a member with a particular perspective–this collection will not give an unbiased view of the coeducation debate at Princeton. Since Horton wrote many letters and saved them all, the collection clearly presents his participation in the committee's work and his opposition to coeducation.

  • Pyne Honor Prize Records

    The collection documents the annual awarding of the Pyne Honor Prize from 1939-1960. Within each year's file is correspondence, biographical and academic information about the recipients, and award statements.

  • 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.

  • Office of Information Technology Records

    The Office of Information Technology Records consists of papers and multimedia
    related to the administration and implementation of information technology at
    Princeton University. Key components of the collection include annual reports,
    priorities committee reports, correspondence, brochures, user and systems
    manuals, surveys and questionnaires on faculty and student computer usage,
    research material on the history of computing at Princeton, slides and

  • Design in America Conference Records

    Consists of one bound volume containing the program schedule of the Design in America
    Conference, lists of those who participated, and a copy of each paper presented at
    the conference.

  • Lecture Notes Collection

    The lecture notes in this collection represent over 200 years of student efforts
    to record the knowledge and insights presented by Princeton's distinguished
    faculty. Starting with the notes on John Witherspoon's lecture on Moral
    Philosophy in 1772 taken by Thaddeus Dod, Class of 1773, the collection
    concludes with the 1974 notes of Joel Niemi, Class of 1976, for Professor Robert

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