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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.
The Department of 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 collections, the Library welcomes and encourages Princeton faculty to make use of the collections to enhance the undergraduate and graduate learning experience.
We provide a range of imaging services to help you obtain the image and document files you need, in paper or electronic format, for research and publication purposes. Guidelines and procedures are based on the division, Special Collections Firestone or Mudd Library, in which the material is housed. Please refer to the individual location guidelines located as links to the left of the screen.
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 truly look forward to welcoming you back to our reading rooms as soon as it's safe for our staff and patrons. In the meantime, we are here to help you so you can continue to learn, teach, and add knowledge and connection to your life and those of others.
Ask A Question about Special Collections materials and we will get back to you as soon as we possibly can.