Princeton University History
Collections with Divisional Holdings
Princeton University Class Records
The Class Records consist of a diverse set of materials documenting the history and activities of Princeton University classes during their time as undergraduates and as alumni. In the collection are correspondence, newsletters, publications, photographs, and memorabilia, all of which pertain to a particular Princeton University graduating class and its members.The most common type of material in the collection is class secretary records consisting of correspondence to individual classmates.
Historic American Buildings Survey of the Princeton Branch Railroad and Station (Dinky)
The Historic American Buildings Survey of the Princeton Branch Railroad and Station (Dinky) contains the agency's report and supporting photographs; digital copies of the documents and photographs can be found on one CD and one DVD. The collection's materials, which were generated in 2013 in partnership with New Jersey Transit, describe the history and architecture of the Dinky station, which was constructed in 1917.
Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures Records
The records consist of undergraduate course syllabi from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures for the academic years 1994/1995 through 2003/2004.
Princeton Inn Records
The collection consists primarily of the minute books of the Princeton Inn Company,
which generally discuss the financial state of the Inn, and cover both the Inn
Company's incorporation (and Alumni appeal for funding) as well as the final sale of
the Inn and its assets to the University. It also includes an oversized form book
containing examples of various forms and vouchers used at the hotel.
George A. Vaughn, Jr. papers
The collection consists of newspaper clippings, scrapbook pages, photographs, filmed interviews, an autobiographical manuscript and other materials that document the life and aeronautical career of George Vaughn. The autobiographical manuscript chronicles the development of the Princeton School of Military Aeronautics. The collection also contains a copy Vaughn's \War Flying in France.\
The Copybook Collection brings together original materials from the university archives. Copybooks document individual students' work and interests; they may contain penmanship exercises, handwritten excerpts of poems, and/or literary translations.
University Research Board Records
Consists of University Research Board meeting minutes, annual reports, correspondence between members, and some subject files, as well as the memos and correspondence of Raymond J. Woodrow, executive officer and secretary of the Committee on Project Research and Invention. Much of Woodrow's material pertains to University sponsored research in support of WWII efforts.
Office of the President Records: William G. Bowen Subgroup
The collection contains the files compiled by the Office of the President during the presidency of William G. Bowen GS'58 (July 1972 to January 1988). The files consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports, speeches, publications, and other assorted material. Series 18 includes the files of three assistants to the president, biographical and photographic material about Bowen, and a card index of the files. There is some overlap between the files in this collection and the files of presidents Goheen and Shapiro.
Arthur Eschenlauer Correspondence with Janet Copeland Eschenlauer
The collection consists of correspondence from Eschenlauer to his girlfriend and future wife, Janet Copeland, during his time at Princeton. The letters document student life at Princeton in the 1950s, pertaining to academics as well as to extra-curricular activities. Eschenlauer writes about his experiences as a member of the marching band, concert band, and the Cloister Inn. The collection also includes a small amount of correspondence to Eschenlauer's parents, and a copy of his valedictory address.
School of Architecture Records
Consists of the records of the School of Architecture and its related research units,
the Bureau of Urban Research and its successor, the Research Center for Urban and
Environmental Planning. Includes subject files, correspondence, course descriptions,
published and unpublished studies produced by the School on subjects such as land
use; and financial records of the department, faculty minutes, course descriptions,
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