Princeton University History
Collections with Divisional Holdings
Broadcast Center Recordings
The collection includes over 2,300 video recordings of Princeton related lectures, conferences, symposia, events, ceremonies and creative works. These recording feature a variety of speakers, including politicians, celebrities, activists, as well as scholars and professors from Princeton and around the world. Topics include religion, finance, gender, technology, philosophy, science, sports, and other issues. Also included is a series of Campus Shots, which capture daily life at Princeton through documenting various activities on campus.
Office of the President Records: Shirley Tilghman Subgroup
The Office of the President Records, Shirley Tilghman Subgroup documents the
administration of Princeton's 19th president, Shirley Tilghman, through
correspondence, memoranda, press releases, and other materials. Also present are
records documenting Tilghman’s interactions with students, faculty, staff, and
various academic departments.Please see series descriptions in contents list for additional information about
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.
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.
Theodore Ziolkowski Papers
The papers pertain to Ziolkowski's teaching of courses on European Literature and
include research notes for classes, lectures notes, course syllabi and
John Maclean, Jr. Papers
The John Maclean Jr. Papers consist of letters to and from John Maclean, his family and his associates documenting the history of the College of New Jersey during his time there, as well as family matters. Papers also include financial documents, notably the 1814 inventory of the estate of John Maclean, Sr., commencement programs, a photograph of the 20th reunion of the class of 1876, and other Princeton University memorabilia.Please see series descriptions in contents list for additional information about individual series.
Program in Women's Studies Records
The collection consists of articles related to women's issues from the Daily Princetonian and other local publications, as well as clippings on other subjects such as University investments in South Africa. Also in the collection are promotional brochures about the program itself, programs from women's studies conferences, and bibliographies on research topics.
Davis Spencer Papers on Princeton's 150-Pound Crew Team
The papers document Princeton's varsity 150-pound crew team as competitors and
victors of the 1948 Royal Henley Regatta. The papers contain a scrapbook,
photographs, correspondence, telegrams, press releases and other materials. Topics
documented include fundraising efforts, trip expenses, the journey abroad, crew team
members, and the Princeton University community's response to the victory.
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.
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.
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