Princeton University History

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • Grover Cleveland Collection

    The Grover Cleveland Collection consists of collected research materials regarding Grover Cleveland, his life in Princeton, and his relation to the University. The papers document a variety of topics both broad in nature (his work as a Trustee) and highly specific (a Venezualan table he received as a gift). Also in the collection are letters sent to the University by early researchers inquiring about Cleveland, facsimiles of speeches, and files on other biographical topics such as Cleveland's birthplace, gravesite, and family members.

  • President's Standing Committee on the Status of Women Records

    Consists of the records of the committee including correspondence, meeting minutes, memos, subject files, and the records of the separate task forces that have operated under the auspices of the committee.

  • Arthur J. Horton Collection on Coeducation

    Since these are the records of one member of the committee–a member with a particular perspective–this collection will not give an unbiased view of the coeducation debate at Princeton. Since Horton wrote many letters and saved them all, the collection clearly presents his participation in the committee's work and his opposition to coeducation.

  • Office of Government Affairs Records

    The records document the activities of Princeton University's Office of Government Affairs in Washington, D.C. and contain correspondence, event files, chronological files, news clippings, and materials pertaining to the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

  • Office of Human Resources Records

    Consists of the records of the Office of Human Resources. Included are policy and procedure manuals, employment studies, administrative salary reviews, pension plan reports, and information on the University's unemployment policy.

  • Triangle Club Records

    The Triangle Club Records can be used not only to document the performances and business activities of one of the oldest college theatre groups in the country, but also to examine an aspect of student life as it relates to politics, social customs, and student mores. In its one-hundred-plus-year history, Triangle has spoofed perennial Princeton topics such as classroom etiquette, examinations, dating, living arrangements, and dining, as well as broader topics such as women's rights, Vietnam, Watergate, and academic trends.

  • Quipfire! Records

    The records contain promotional material, performances and founding documents for Quipfire! Included are posters, programs, photograph albums, slides, a team hat and VHS recordings of three of the group's first four performances, as well as a promotional tape.

  • James W. Alexander Scrapbooks on Princeton University

    The collection consists of 19 scrapbooks containing clippings about Princeton University from Philadelphia, New York and Princeton newspapers, arranged chronologically with occasional correspondence and ephemera from the University.

  • Princeton University Architectural Presentation Boards

    Consists of presentation boards related to the design, construction, renovation, and expansion of Princeton University's grounds and buildings. In addition, the boards include those used for planning purposes, student housing strategies, insurance purposes, and the recording of features such as fallout shelters and electrical feeders. The boards primarily include floorplans, artistic renderings, elevations, and campus “footprints.” The collection also includes a set of architectural renderings of Whitman College that are not mounted.

  • Council of the Humanities records

    Consists of materials collected and generated by the Council of the Humanities. Much of these materals pertains to the Ford Foundation Project, including grant reports, manuscripts, and correspondence with the various authors and scholars involved. Also included are collected student academic records pre-dating the formation of the Council; Council minutes; and numerous drafts of the Council's 10-year plan from 1965.

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