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. This resource is available online and is searchable by keyword.

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

  • Nassau Hall War Memorial records

    The records document the planning and execution of the memorial to Princeton students of the Second World War, including pictures, preliminary lists of honorees, correspondence with parents and campus groups, and programs from the memorial's unveiling ceremony. Also included is some information about other war memorials in Nassau Hall.

  • Department of Facilities Records

    The Department of Facilities records document the daily activities of the department and its numerous divisions, including real estate, grounds and buildings, and physical planning. Documents include blueprints, photographs, correspondence, memos, sketches, contracts, ledgers, tax returns, incorporation papers, by-laws, annual reports, financial statements, newspaper clippings, booklets, and meeting minutes. The history of new building construction and building renovation on campus in the mid-20th century is well represented.

  • Charles E. Fehon Papers

    The Charles E. Fehon Papers consist primarily of original artwork created by Fehon during the process of designing sets and costumes for Princeton theater groups including Theatre Intime, University Players, and the Triangle Club. It also contains a small amount of scripts and notes related to his theatrical design work.

  • 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.

  • Princeton Playgoers, Inc. records

    Consists of financial records, correspondence, records of ticket sales,
    advertisements, contracts, and other materials documenting the planning and
    production of plays at McCarter Theatre in the summer of 1942.

  • Alan W. Richards Photographs of Princeton University Athletics, 1946-1970

    Alan W. Richards Photographs of Princeton University Athletics, 1946-1970 consists of photographic negatives and a very few photographic prints of images captured by Alan W. Richards of Princeton University athletes and sports events. Approximately 3/4 of the images are related to Princeton University football. These include shots of individual players, coaches, and staff, as well as action shots of games and activities at Blairstown training camp. The Princeton University varsity, junior varsity, freshman and 150 lb. football teams are represented.

  • Hedges family papers

    This collection contains scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, lecture notes, and more belonging to Benjamin van Doren Hedges and his three sons Benjamin Jr., Robert, and John, as well as other friends and family members, including material produced at Princeton and in other locations.

  • Theatre Intime Records

    Consists of the records of Princeton’s Theatre Intime, from its beginning in 1919 to the present, including typescripts, production books, photographs, business records, playbills, posters, masks, costume and set designs, and miscellaneous material. The collection also contains a bound manuscript and recordings of interviews conducted for I ALSO SWEPT THE FLOOR (1974), a history of Theatre Intime written by John Kendall as his senior thesis.

  • “Old Nassau” Collection

    This collection contains early scores and lyrics to Princeton University's alma mater “Old Nassau” as well as information about the song and the men who created it. Included are biographical information pertaining to the lives of the song's composer and lyricist, both before and after 1859. Other materials were assembled by Wilford Conrow (Class of 1901) as research for the publication Old Nassau (1905), a book containing the original song and its variations and several related essays.

  • Donald Marsden Collection on Triangle Club

    The collection consists of Marsden's materials related to his published history of the Triangle Club, The Long Kickline. It includes manuscript drafts, proofs, indices, correspondence, and audio taped interviews with Triangle Club alumni Frederic Fox '39, Howard Menand, Jr. '36, Alfred Wade '30, and Benjamin Franklin \Uncle Ben\ Bunn '07.

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