Princeton University History

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • Society of the Claw Records

    Consists of records that describe the brief history of the Society of the Claw. Included are minutes, correspondence, annual reports, financial records, membership lists, rules and regulations, certificates and a variety of printed materials. The tiger claws owned by the Archives have been removed to the ephemera collection.

  • Department of French and Italian Records

    Consists of the records of the contemporary Department of French and Italian, collected while it was operating as the Department of Modern Languages and later the Department of Romance Languages and Literature. Materials include notes from departmental committee meetings, departmental minutes, course descriptions, departmental examinations, correspondence, and files about French-language Peace Corps training and study abroad programs run through the department.

  • Princeton University Publications Collection

    The Princeton University Publications collection contains issues of nearly 150
    different periodicals published by the university and related organizations, as
    well as a few items published by others about the university, that have not been
    cataloged individually. Notable items in the collection include an 1802
    newspaper account of the Nassau Hall fire (The Balance), 19th century student

  • 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.

  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Alliance Records

    This collection documents both LGBA activities and issues affecting lesbian, gay,
    and bisexual people at Princeton and elsewhere. Since the LGBA is generally a
    student organization, the completeness of this collection varies according to
    student interest in collecting material. The office files since the arrival of
    the director are no less incomplete.

  • Charles H. Schultz Collection

    Consists of scripts, sides, photographs, reviews, programs, clippings, and miscellaneous material relating to the University Players, Theatre Intime, and the Triangle Club of Princeton during the years Schultz was a participant in these groups.

  • 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.

  • Historical Photograph Collection, Lake Carnegie Construction Photographs

    The collection contains 479 dry gelatin glass plate negatives measuring 5 x 7 inches that document the construction of Lake Carnegie in Princeton, NJ. There are also 314 black and white paper prints developed approximately at the time the photographs were taken. The negatives and prints date from circa 1905 to 1907, with the bulk dating from 1905 to 1906.

  • Albert Mendeloff Papers on the Princeton Camera Club

    Consists of correspondence between Albert Mendelhoff and famous photographers of 1938 in regards to a potential exhibit of loaned photographs at the Art and Archaeology Department.

  • William E. Potter Diary

    The diary, a single volume comprised of approximately 100 handwritten pages, is
    inscribed “Diary of Wm E. Potter/Monday Sept. 5, 1859.” The first page of the diary
    contains what appears to be grades most likely from his final year at Harvard. The
    last page contains subjects for prize debates. The diary itself begins with Sept. 5,
    1859 and concludes on June 28, 1862. There are entries for every day between

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