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  • Academic History

    Princeton University academic history, with substantial documentation from departmental files, faculty files, undergraduate and graduate alumni files.

  • Adamic, Louis (1899-1951)

    Louis Adamic was an author deeply concerned with American immigrants and their experiences in the "melting pot." His first few books, Dynamite and Laughing in the Jungle, showed the darker side of life as an immigrant, while Native's Return, Grandsons, and Cradle of Life told his own story of returning to his homeland. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a grant-in-aid from the Rockefeller Foundation for his work in the field of immigrant studies. In 1940, Adamic became director of the Common Council for American Unity and editor of Common Ground, its quarterly magazine.

  • Administrative History

    Administrative history of Princeton University, including the official records of presidents, provosts, deans, and vice presidents.

  • Aeronautica

    Covering the history of Aviation from 1490-1970.

  • Aiken, Conrad (1889-1973)

    American poet and novelist; Pulitzer prize winner in 1930. 

  • Alciati, Andrea (1492-1550)

    The Milanese jurist of the Renaissance best remembered for his influential book of emblems, first published in 1531 and eventually going through more than 175 editions down to the present. 

  • Aldine Press

    Editions of the Greek and Latin classics, published and printed in Venice by Aldo Manuzio (Aldus Manutius) and others from 1490 to 1597.

  • Aldrich, Thomas, Bailey (1836-1907)

    Born on November 11, 1836, in Portsmouth, New Hampsire, Thomas Bailey Aldrich was a poet, novelist, traveler, and editor. His father's death in 1849 compelled Aldrich to abandon the idea of college, and at age 16 he entered his uncle's business office in New York, where he soon became a constant contributor to the newspapers and magazines. His use of the surprise ending influenced the development of the short story, and his popular classic The Story of a Bad Boy(1870), which is based on his childhood, was one of the first American novels to present a realistic portrayal of a young boy rather than a romanticized ideal. The book had a strong impact on other writers of the day, especially Mark Twain, who six years later wrote a similar story, Tom Sawyer. Aldrich's poems were published in such volumes as Cloth of Gold(1874) and Mercedes and Later Lyrics(1884). His best-known prose is Marjorie Daw and Other People (1873). Aldrich died at Boston on March 19, 1907.

  • Alumni Biographies and Genealogy

    The Princeton University Archives has several genealogical resources available to patrons interested in researching family history or tracking ancestors with a Princeton University connection. Patrons should begin by reviewing available online resources.  When possible, individuals are encouraged to visit the Mudd Library to review these and other collections of interest as staff are not able to undertake extensive research for patrons.

  • American Civil Liberties Union - ACLU

    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the pre-eminent civil liberties organization in the United States, utilizing litigation, lobbying, and public education to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

  • American History

    Includes collections related to early American history through the present, in particular colonial history, American Revolution, Civil War and Reconstruction, Gilded Age, and 20th-century American history. See narrower subject headings for each of those areas. Materials range from autograph collections and correspondence to policy papers and legal documents. Also includes the papers of several prominent New Jersey families as well as papers relating to the anti-slavery, temperance, and women’s suffrage movements.

  • American History/20th Century

    Includes collections related to 20th-century American history, in particular World War I, World War II, and the Cold War as well as immigration, diplomatic relations, and national and international policy. Collections span public policy papers, diaries, correspondence, and literary manuscripts.

  • American History/Civil War and Reconstruction

    Consists of collections related to slavery and the American Civil War. Includes collections of papers of soldiers and officers, papers of politicians, and papers of publishers and authors. Of special interest are several collections documenting the history of slavery and the antislavery movement.

  • American History/Colonial

    Includes collections relating to American colonial history as documented chiefly in family papers, in particular relating to land ownership and the administrative history of New Jersey and its neighbor states. Highlights include collections relating to Louis-Alexandre Berthier, Aaron Burr, Benjamin Franklin, and William Penn.

  • American History/Early National

    Consists mainly of family papers and the correspondence of prominent political figures. Highlights include papers relating to the War of 1812 and early anti-slavery movements. Of special interest are papers relating to Aaron Burr, Daniel Webster, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, James Madison, Brigham Young, and Edward Coles.

  • American History/Gilded Age, Populism, Progressivism

    Includes collections relating to late 19th and early 20th century American history. Highlights include collections relating to TheodoreRoosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Andrew Jackson. Of special interest are collections relating to the foundation of the American Civil Liberties Union as well as the William H. Walker Cartoon Collection, which provides political commentary on the politics of the time.

  • American History/Revolution

    Documents the Revolutionary War period of American History. Of special interest are collections relating to George Washington, Patrick Henry, Elias Boudinot, Aaron Burr, and painter John Trumbull.

  • American Indian Periodicals

    These are a major holding of the Western Americana Collection. 

  • American Literature

    Covers collections relating to literature and publishing in the U.S. and Canada. Included are the papers of individual authors, editors, and publishers, as well as the corporate records of publishing houses and literary organizations. Also present are artificial collections on individual authors and topics. A highlight is the Robert H. Taylor Collection of English and American Literature, which consists of over 4,000 rare books and 3,300 manuscripts.

  • American Politics and Government

    Includes collections relating to U.S. statesmen and diplomats, presidential candidates, political journalists, and policy organizations. While the bulk of this topic covers the 20th century, a small number of collections document earlier history and issues such as women’s voting rights. Of special interest are the collections of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Association on American Indian Affairs Records, as well as collections relating to Allen and John Foster Dulles, George Kennan, and James Forrestal.

  • Americana

    Early printed books about the Americas.

  • Ancient History

    Includes collections relating to pre-medieval history, in particular the Princeton Cuneiform Collection of clay tables in Mesopotamian languages and a number of Romano-British Seals contained in the Bruce C. Willsie Collection of British Sigillography.

  • Ancient World

    Includes collections relating to pre-medieval history, in particular the Princeton Cuneiform Collection of clay tables in Mesopotamian languages and a number of Romano-British Seals contained in the Bruce C. Willsie Collection of British Sigillography.

  • Angling

    The department houses over 8,000 angling books, including 150 different editions of Izaak Walton's Compleat Angler.  The main strength is in the American and English 19th and 20th century literature of angling in fresh and salt water. 

  • Annotated Books

    As scholarly interest in the history of reading grows, the Library experiences more and more researchers wanting to know about our holdings of annotated books. Current cataloging standards for rare books allow use of the phrase "Annotations" or "Annotated books," or phrases in the notes such as "manuscript notes," "ms. notes" or "author's annotations."

  • Antiquities

    Includes collections relating to archaeological research in the Mediterranean and the Americas. Chiefly documenting Roman and Greek sites and artifacts, this topic also covers collections documenting Babylonian, Egyptian, Byzantine, and Mayan objects.

  • Arabian Nights

    The Library has a remarkable number of the editions and translations of the wonderful collection of Arabic stories known as The Thousand and One Nights. 

  • Architectural Books

    The architectural holdings of the Library are rich and varied. Modern materials, of course, are to be found in the Urban and Environmental Studies Library in the Architecture Building here on campus. Historical items are found among the many books of Marquand and Firestone Libraries as well as among the manuscript holdings of Archives and the Manuscripts Division.

  • Architecture

    Includes the papers of individual architects and architectural firms, including such notables as C. Grant LaFarge, Robert Maillart. Also includes lecture notes and research papers of architecture professors, and archival history of Princeton University.

  • Art and Photography

    Fine art and photographs.

  • Art history

    This topic covers collections containing artwork, personal papers of artists, and research collections on art history. It includes the records of the Art and Archaeology Department as well as the papers of individual scholars, painters, caricaturists, engravers, sculptors, printers, photographers, and illustrators, among others. Of special note are the papers of Elmer Adler, founder of Princeton University Library’s Graphic Arts collection, and Allan Marquand, founder of Princeton University’s Department of Art and Archaeology.

  • Atlases and Maps

    Atlases are distributed through three main divisions of the  Department: Historic Maps, Rare Book, and Manuscripts.  Examples:  Numerous early editions of Ptolemy are part of the Grenville Kane Collection in the Rare Book Division.  Historic Maps holds a number of important atlases such as the  rare Ottoman imprint, Cedid Atlas Tercümesi (New Atlas Translation), printed in Istanbul in 1803. The Manuscripts Division has  Kane MS. 57, a portolan atlas (Spain or Italy, 3rd quarter of the 16th century), with four charts. 

    Single maps are also distributed with the largest concentration being in the Historic Maps Collection.  Notable among those bound in books in the Rare Book Division is the rare "White Hills" map of New England, which is the first map produced in North America. It was issued in William Hubbard's A Narrative of the Troubles with the Indians. Boston, 1677. For details refer to the Princeton University Library Chronicle XIV, 4 (Summer, 1953) p. 177-182 [full text] .  

    In the Manuscripts Division, among the many notable is the manuscript original of the Eastern portion of the Mason-Dixon line. See: Thomas Streeter, "Princeton's Mason and Dixon Map" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XVI, 2 (Winter, 1955) pp. 97-99 [full text] and [Howard C. Rice] "Princeton's Mason and Dixon Map" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXV, 2 (Winter, 1964) pp. 153-55 [ full text] as well as Nicholas Wainwright "Mason and Dixon's Map" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XLV, 1 (Autumn, 1983) pp. 28-32. [ full text


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