Princeton University History

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • John Cleve Green Collection

    The John Cleve Green Collection consists of research materials compiled regarding the
    life of John Cleve Green and his contributions to Princeton University. Included are
    biographies, obituaries, and genealogical information on the Green family, as well as
    portraits of John Cleve Green and one of his relatives, George S. Green. Also in the
    collection are copies of Green's will and an appraisal of his estate, as well as

  • Undergraduate Alumni Records

    Consists of individual files of former undergraduate students of Princeton
    University, compiled by the Bureau of Alumni Information. Material in each file
    varies greatly but most include the names of relatives, notable achievements at
    Princeton and post-graduation, news items, address updates, and obituaries.

  • Princeton Print Club records

    Consists of financial records, correspondence, and pamphlets which document the activities and membership of the Princeton Print Club. Particularly illustrative of the group's dedication to its mission is a folder of letters to prominent artists requesting donations of prints at low costs. These are often accompanied by enthusiastic personal responses, including a handwritten note from Thomas Hart Benton.

  • Harpur Allen Gosnell Papers

    The Harpur Allen Gosnell Papers consist of various documents pertaining to Gosnell, a Princeton alumnus, and his efforts to initiate a Princeton University chapter of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps between 1927 and 1930. The plan (which was ultimately turned down by the University) put Gosnell into contact with many administrators and alums. Those exchanges along with the supporting research materials are documented here through correspondence and reports.

  • Rector's Aid Society Minutes

    The minute book of the Rector's Aid Society is 6.5 inches by 8 inches and about one
    hundred pages; only seventeen are used. It contains a list of the twenty members plus
    minutes of the monthly meetings, from 15 October 1867 to December 1868, taken by the
    student secretary. The minutes record reports of committees and the Rector, as well
    as the topic of the evening's discussion.

  • Orange Key Guide Service Records

    The collection consists of records that document the activities of the Orange Key Guide Service, including tour routes, lists of tour guides, guide selection information, subject files, training materials, and procedure manuals, as well as a card index of buildings, inscriptions, sculptures, and other physical gifts donated to the University assembled by Orange Key Office as a reference for campus tour guides.

  • Department of Public Safety Records

    Consists of the daily public safety blotters compiled by the Department of Public Safety. Each volume lists daily incidents recorded by the Department of Public Safety, with a brief description of the complaint/emergency and the Department's response. Some entries are annotated by Department staff.

  • Non-Graduate Records

    Consists of an alphabetical card index of Princeton undergraduate students who
    attended the University for at least one year, but never graduated. Occasionally it
    also includes students who did not graduate with their class, but completed their
    degrees at a later time. The level of information offered by the cards is
    inconsistent, but they generally list the student's full name, freshman class year,
    hometown, and a brief reason for their leaving such as death or disciplinary

  • Consortium for Assistance to the University of Petroleum and Minerals records

    Consists of financial materials, reports, meeting agendas and minutes, correspondence, and a copy of the Consortium agreement.

  • 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).

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