Princeton University History

The Princeton University Archives consists of over 15,000 linear feet of records including administration records (presidents, provosts, deans, and department records, faculty files, undergraduate and graduate alumni files); photographs and other audiovisual materials; and publications that document the history of Princeton University. The University Archives is also the repository for Princeton senior theses and doctoral dissertations.

Additional historical information about Princeton University

Alexander Leitch's A Princeton Companion (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1978) contains biographies of University presidents, trustees, deans, noted alumni, and prominent professors. Other topics include academic department histories, athletics, campus buildings, research, and student activities. Unviersity members can access the book via JSTOR.

A host of historical facts about Princeton University are available online through the University's main web page.  In addition to A Princeton Companion, researchers will find links that provide further details on the Presidents of Princeton University, Princeton's History, the Princetoniana Committee, and information on the American Revolution and Princeton.

The Daily Princetonian Archives are available online as well.

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • Princeton University Women's Organization Records

    Consists of clippings, correspondence, reports, and studies pertaining to issues such as tenure, staff relations, and student recruitment. Though undergraduates were allowed to be members of PUWO the majority of the material reports on matters affecting University faculty and staff.

  • Arthur Cort Holden Papers

    Consists of personal papers and correspondence of Arthur Cort Holden. The bulk of the
    material is non-professional in nature and is related to personal financial matters
    such as insurance and investments. Also included are printing invoices and
    correspondence pertaining to several of Holden's works including SONNETS FOR MY CITY
    (1965) and AT THE ROOTS OF THE URBAN CRISIS (1970).

  • James Magnuson papers

    Consists of drafts of five short plays by James Magnuson, as well as clippings, correspondence, and notes.

  • Princeton Symposium on World Affairs Audio Recordings collection

    The collection consists of reel-to-reel audio tapes of the architecture, painting, and prose panel discussions. Also included is a memoranda that provides a complete schedule for the weekend, including information about participants' arrival times and lodging arrangements.

  • Graduate School Centennial Records

    Consists of materials tjat document the Graduate School's centennial celebration,
    including posters, banners, programs, and video tapes of the centennial lecture
    series.

  • Physics Department Records

    Documents the scientific and teaching activities of Princeton University
    physicists from 1909 to 1962. While routine activities such as the hiring of
    faculty and the education of graduate and undergraduate students are recorded,
    these records also detail the Department’s activities in early studies of
    theoretical physics, as well as its participation in World War II research

  • William S. Dix Papers

    The William S. Dix Papers document Dix's professional life outside of his career as Princeton's University Librarian, with the bulk of the documentation focusing on Dix's service as a member of the United States National Commission for UNESCO and the Association of Research Libraries. The papers primarily contain correspondence; however, reports, meeting minutes, and articles are also included.Please see series descriptions in the contents list for additional information about individual series.

  • Department of Sociology Records

    This collection consists of seven research reports written by faculty members in the 1960s. Research subjects include family life in modern Turkey, phrase structure grammar, econimic cooperation and the mining industry in Liberia, and antisemitism in Wetstern Europe.

  • Office of Development Records

    The collection consists of general files of the Princeton University Office of
    Development documenting several major fundraising campaigns including the 1919
    Endowment Campaign and the \53 Million Campaign\ of the late 1950s. The files
    contain correspondence, interoffice memos, committee meeting minutes, and
    research and promotional materials. An accrual in 2008 from the Office of

  • Steve M. Slaby Papers

    Consists primarily of memoranda and correspondence of Slaby and departmental records (such as annual reports, committee minutes, and conference materials) and course materials (such as lecture notes, examinations, problem sets, and student papers) of Princeton University's Graphics and Engineering Drawing Department. Also included are materials which document Slaby's involvement in political issues of the 1960s and 1970s.

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