Princeton University History

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • Office of Development Donor Files

    Consists exclusively of donor files created and maintained by Princeton University's Office of Development. No other administrative records are included.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Princeton Summer Theater Records

    The collection consists of organizational records and promotional materials which
    document the activities of Princeton Summer Theater dating back to its inception as
    Summer Intime. Earlier materials such as the group's charter, board meeting minutes,
    correspondence and financial records primarily document the development of the
    organization, while later materials such as playbills, press packets, photographs and
    posters primarily document the group's theatrical productions.

  • Harold Kuhn Papers on the Committee on the Structure of the University

    Consists of reports, meeting minutes, membership rosters, correspondence, and notes
    relating to the Committee on the Structure of the University and the Council of the
    Princeton University Community, including its various subcommittees. Topics include
    coeducation, minority employment, disability rights, student conduct, academic
    requirements, confidentiality of student records, ROTC, and the university's
    relationship with the surrounding community.

  • 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.

  • Philip Ober papers

    The papers contain color photographs of Ober, his wife, and Elizabeth Taylor;
    newspaper clippings describing Ober's work to free American prisoners in a Mexican
    jail; and obituaries and letters of condolences sent to his wife.



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