Princeton University History

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • Princeton University at Exposition Universelle Internationale Records

    The collection includes photographs, graphic charts, and wall labels used in the
    exhibition, as well as an official certificate awarded to Princeton University for
    its exhibition.

  • 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,

  • Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship records

    The records consist of fundraising files, committee correspondence, scholarship applications, correspondence with scholarship winners, and lists of winners.

  • Henry Burling Thompson Papers

    On the letterpress copy books (1889-1911): The chief interest of these letters, aside from Princeton matters, is in the volumes for 1895-1904 and 1904-1906, when Thompson was deeply involved in Delaware politics; and in Wilmington local history. Although there are company and business letters in nearly all the books, they are comparatively few in number and embody nothing like a history of Thompson's Bancroft Company. Except to a biographer the family and personal letters are of scant interest.

  • Princeton Alumni Weekly Photograph Collection

    This collection contains images used or considered for use by the publication the Princeton Alumni Weekly. The photographs are generally black-white glossy 8x10 prints; however, 5x7 prints are also found within the collection.

  • Board of Trustees Records

    The minutes document the Board of Trustees' concerns with overall policy and administration of the University. The other records provide context to the minutes, in the form of background material, especially correspondence and reports. They also provide information on Trustee actions taken through their appointed committees but not necessarily recorded in the minutes.

  • Donald Worner Griffin Papers

    Consists of the personal correspondence and clippings of Donald Worner Griffin '23. Much of the material pertains to his fundraising efforts among Class of 1923 alumni. Also present are handwritten notes and letters from president Robert F. Goheen and his wife, with whom Griffin was close friends.

  • Office of Physical Planning Records

    The Office of Physical Planning Records document the activities of Physical Planning, one division of Princeton University's Department of Facilities, and are primarily related to the construction and modification of buildings and other structures on Princeton's campus. The records contain a variety of documents, including correspondence between Physical Planning and contractors/designers, interoffice memoranda describing potential projects, invoices for work completed, and studies and reports pertaining to the campus.

  • 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.

  • School of Architecture Records

    Consists of the records of the School of Architecture and its related research units,
    the Bureau of Urban Research and its successor, the Research Center for Urban and
    Environmental Planning. Includes subject files, correspondence, course descriptions,
    published and unpublished studies produced by the School on subjects such as land
    use; and financial records of the department, faculty minutes, course descriptions,

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