Princeton University History

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • Veterans of Future Wars Collection

    Consists of records of the Veterans of Future Wars, founded by Princeton University undergraduates Lewis Gorin (Class of 1936), Jack Turner (Class of 1936), Thomas Riggs (Class of 1937), and Robert Barnes (Class of 1937). The collections consists primarily of correspondence of the National Council members (the founding Princeton students), the organization's nation-wide posts, and its various auxiliary support groups.

  • Grover Cleveland Collection

    The Grover Cleveland Collection consists of collected research materials regarding Grover Cleveland, his life in Princeton, and his relation to the University. The papers document a variety of topics both broad in nature (his work as a Trustee) and highly specific (a Venezualan table he received as a gift). Also in the collection are letters sent to the University by early researchers inquiring about Cleveland, facsimiles of speeches, and files on other biographical topics such as Cleveland's birthplace, gravesite, and family members.

  • 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.

  • Senior Council Records

    The collection documents the activities of the Senior Council. Materials include correspondence, meeting minutes, pamphlets, and by-laws.

  • 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

  • Princeton University Fund Records

    Consists of detailed committee minutes and correspondence of the Princeton University Fund. Also included in the collection are annual fundraising reports, promotional materials and clippings, and organizational charts.

  • Princeton Inn Records

    The collection consists primarily of the minute books of the Princeton Inn Company,
    which generally discuss the financial state of the Inn, and cover both the Inn
    Company's incorporation (and Alumni appeal for funding) as well as the final sale of
    the Inn and its assets to the University. It also includes an oversized form book
    containing examples of various forms and vouchers used at the hotel.

  • James W. Alexander Scrapbooks on Princeton University

    The collection consists of 19 scrapbooks containing clippings about Princeton University from Philadelphia, New York and Princeton newspapers, arranged chronologically with occasional correspondence and ephemera from the University.

  • Office of the President Records: William G. Bowen Subgroup

    The collection contains the files compiled by the Office of the President during the presidency of William G. Bowen GS'58 (July 1972 to January 1988). The files consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports, speeches, publications, and other assorted material. Series 18 includes the files of three assistants to the president, biographical and photographic material about Bowen, and a card index of the files. There is some overlap between the files in this collection and the files of presidents Goheen and Shapiro.

  • Visiting Fellow and Incidental Student Records

    These records consist of files of incidental students who earned less than a full
    semester's worth of credits, as well as the records of visiting fellows.

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