Princeton University History

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • Princeton University Doctoral Dissertations

    The Mudd Manuscript Library holds most dissertations completed at Princeton since 1877, when the first graduate degree was awarded, and annually receives graduate students' most recent efforts. Of the few degrees awarded by departments originally offering doctoral programs, only about half are preserved in the archives. Because President McCosh supported the creation of the school of science, it is not surprising that a slight majority of the degrees awarded during his tenure are in the sciences.

  • Antioch Excavation Financial Records

    Consists of detailed expense vouchers from the second half of the excavation of Antioch. Each voucher lists a single expense, its cost, and its purpose. Also included as expenses are purchases of antiquities found during the excavation.

  • Princetoniana Committee Oral History Project Records

    The Princetoniana Committee Oral History Project (POHP) Records consist of oral
    history interview transcripts from three separate oral history projects and
    related materials. The first set of transcipts consists of interviews with
    prominent Princeton Alumni assembled for the 1996 book Going Back: An Oral History of Princeton. Also included are
    correspondence pertaining to the project and audio recordings of interviews. The

  • 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.

  • Office of the President Records: Robert F. Goheen Subgroup

    The collection contains eighteen series, which consist of correspondence and memoranda, reports, speeches, publications, and related materials, which were created or received by Robert Goheen and other members of the President's office. The filing system was shared by Ricardo A. Mestres, Financial Vice-President and Treasurer, and Edgar M. Gemmell, Administrative Vice-President. In addition, Series 18 includes the files of two assistants to the president.

  • Varnum Lansing Collins Papers

    The Varnum Lansing Collins Papers consist primarily of materials generated by
    Collins while writing several of his most well-known works on Princeton history.
    The papers include manuscripts, notes, correspondence, and research materials
    consisting of both original documents and facsimiles. Also included in the
    papers are materials pertaining to Collins' personal life, such as undergraduate

  • 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.

  • Department of Public Safety Records

    Consists of the daily public safety blotters compiled by the Department of Public Safety. Each volume lists daily incidents recorded by the Department of Public Safety, with a brief description of the complaint/emergency and the Department's response. Some entries are annotated by Department staff.

  • Scrapbook Collection

    The scrapbook collection consists of scrapbooks maintained by 220 students totaling 296 volumes and documents the social and academic activities of Princeton undergraduates. By their very nature, scrapbooks are idiosyncratic, but generally they contain mementos relating to athletic events (such as tickets, programs, printed cheers, ribbons, and buttons), reunions, or life as a Princeton undergraduate.

  • General Princeton Theater Collection

    The collection consists of materials gathered about campus theatrical groups that are
    not already represented in dedicated archival collections. The materials include
    posters, programs, photographs, news clippings, a single VHS videocassette, and a
    very small amount of design and planning materials. The collection also contains
    clippings about performances of the Princeton University Program in Theater and



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