Princeton University History

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • Master's Theses Collection

    This collection consists of theses submitted toward the fulfillment of requirements for master's degrees at Princeton University. While Princeton students who write doctoral dissertations and senior theses are required to deposit copies of their work with the University Library, a student who completes a master's thesis may choose whether or not to deposit it with the library. Therefore, this collection does not represent all master's theses written at Princeton University.

  • 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.

  • President's Program Records

    Consists of regional files containing correspondence with program representatives throughout the nation. The rest of the collection is made up of subject files arranged alphabetically, however the subject files from A-Hu are missing from the run.

  • 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.

  • Council of the Humanities records

    Consists of materials collected and generated by the Council of the Humanities. Much of these materals pertains to the Ford Foundation Project, including grant reports, manuscripts, and correspondence with the various authors and scholars involved. Also included are collected student academic records pre-dating the formation of the Council; Council minutes; and numerous drafts of the Council's 10-year plan from 1965.

  • Office of General Counsel Records

    The Office of General Counsel records document the financial and legal matters
    involving the University and the Office of General Counsel. While the records contain
    information that predates the formation of the office, the majority of the material
    dates from the official inception of the position of University Counsel in 1972. The
    records relate to legal matters involving litigation over estates, trusts, and gifts,

  • 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

  • Astrophysical Sciences Department Records

    Consists of correspondence, observational record books, astrophysical texts,
    oversized telescopic observations, glass plates, and a small number of photographs.
    The collection documents both the scientific achievements and academic program of the
    Astrophysical Sciences Department, formerly the Astronomy Department, and its
    faculty. Included is the departmental correspondence of such notable faculty members

  • Syllabi and Course Materials Collection

    The Syllabi Collection brings together original materials from the university
    archives that document the content of classes taught at Princeton University.
    Document types include printed syllabi, reading lists, study outlines, grade
    books, examinations and similar materials. The collection does not generally
    contain examinations, student academic work, or lecture notes, which are
    maintained in individual collections.

  • Program in Hellenic Studies Records

    The Program in Hellenic Studies Records document the activities and
    administration of the Program in Hellenic Studies from its founding in 1979
    through 2007. Included are records pertaining to the Program's many fellowship
    offerings and public programs, as well as subject files on topics related to the
    program and to Hellenic studies and culture in general. The records primarily
    consist of correspondence, fellowship applications, reports, and promotional

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