Princeton University History

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • John Foster Dulles Collection

    The John Foster Dulles Collection consists of a small group of materials documenting Dulles' connection to Princeton. Included are clippings, memos, invitations, press releases, and other documents which cover such topics as the opening of the Dulles Library at Princeton, and Dulles' record as an undergraduate. Also included is one copy of  The Panama Canal Controversy autographed by John Foster Dulles and a complete sheet of commemorative John Foster Dulles postage stamps.

  • The Papers of Thomas Jefferson Project Editor's Records

    The collection documents the Thomas Jefferson Papers Project from its conception and initial proposal in 1943 until the death of its first editor Julian P. Boyd in 1980. Contained in the records is correspondence with Princeton presidents Harold T. Dodds and Robert F. Goheen, who were active advisors in the early years of the project. Other notable correspondence is with Jefferson scholars, board members of the New York Times, and Jefferson Papers Project advisory board members. Also included are financial records, including Boyd's original cost estimations for the project.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Office of Athletic Communication Records

    The records of the Office of Athletic Communications contain programs, press releases, clippings, statistics, and files on individual athletes. In some cases these materials predate the formation of the Office of Athletic Communications; however, they were retained by the Office and transferred to the University Archives along with more recent records.Please see series descriptions in contents list for additional information about individual series.

  • Brooks Bowman Papers

    The Brooks Bowman Papers consist of correspondence and photographs that document his school years and his foray into the music industry. The bulk of the papers consist of Bowman's correspondence with his mother, sister, and numerous friends. The papers also contain a small amount of material on Bowman collected by Frederic Fox '39.Please see series descriptions in contents list for additional information about individual series.

  • Student Correspondence and Writings Collection

    The Student Correspondence and Writings Collection contains original materials
    from the university archives that document aspects of student life as
    experienced by students at Princeton University. Materials included in this
    collection either date from the period that the student attended Princeton or
    the content of the correspondence and writings directly relates to the student's

  • 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.

  • Program in Continuing Education student records

    Consists of student files of the continuing education program.

  • Princeton Publishing Company records

    Consists of records which document the activities of the Princeton Publishing Company. The bulk of the material is related to finance, and includes stock certificates, ledger books, deeds, and bills of sales. A complete set of annual meeting minutes is also included, however these too pertain primarily to financial matters.



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