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We welcome Princeton University students, faculty, staff, and visiting researchers to explore the holdings of the Department of Special Collections. The collections are non-circulating and are used only in designated reading rooms.
Researchers are more than welcome to take photographs of most materials while visiting Special Collections. Special Collections is also happy to provide a range of digitization services to help you obtain the image and document files you need. Digitization requests for Special Collections housed in Firestone and Mudd Library are available at no cost, and can be made through the Ask Us! form.
Special Collections offers multiple classroom and instructional services in support of the University's mission to advance learning through scholarship, research, and teaching. Whether in a one-time class session or a term-long course held in Special Sollections, the Library welcomes and encourages the use of the collections to enhance learning experiences.
Records management is the systematic control of records throughout their lifecycle - from their creation or receipt to their disposal or transfer to the University Archives. Being mindful of the records we create and how we manage them has many benefits. It ensures that records of enduring historical, administrative, legal, or fiscal value are captured and preserved. It also allows for the timely destruction of records that are non-essential so that we may minimize litigation risks, reduce operating costs, and improve organization.
We always recommend that researchers personally visit the Special Collections reading room or the Mudd Manuscript Library. However, we know that this may not be possible for some patrons.
The Princeton University Archives is the official repository for undergraduate Senior Theses, Master's Theses and Ph.D. Dissertations. The links at the left lead to information about searching and access, as well as submission information for these materials.
Due to a renovation of the Mudd Library and temporary staff reassignments, we are requesting potential private donors, University offices, and departments to postpone sending any material to the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. We will resume accepting transfers when we are situated in our temporary space and can properly address them, most likely in the summer of 2020.
We are expanding our services for Fall 2020! We know that there is no substitute for engaging with primary sources and rare collections in person. We eagerly await the day when we can again welcome all researchers safely back to campus. Until then, we will be focusing our attention on exploring and developing new ways of experiencing our collections through expanded virtual services.