Princeton University History

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lecture Notes Collection

    The lecture notes in this collection represent over 200 years of student efforts
    to record the knowledge and insights presented by Princeton's distinguished
    faculty. Starting with the notes on John Witherspoon's lecture on Moral
    Philosophy in 1772 taken by Thaddeus Dod, Class of 1773, the collection
    concludes with the 1974 notes of Joel Niemi, Class of 1976, for Professor Robert

  • Athletic Programs Collection

    Consists of printed Princeton University athletic programs for football, baseball, basketball, ice hockey, and other sports, with football predominant. †b The programs, especially the earlier ones, provide a sweeping view of Princeton's athletic history, documenting not only team statistics and scores, but the players, the venues in which the teams competed, social aspects of advertising, and the evolution of the various games. Other sports represented in this collection include fencing, gymnastics, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, squash, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, and wrestling.

  • WPRB Records

    The records consist of various materials which document the origins and development
    of WPRB, including constitutions, by-laws, photographs, membership lists, clipped
    articles, board minutes, correspondence, and financial reports.The records are especially illustrative in their documentation of the station's
    beginnings. Nearly every piece of correspondence from station member H. Grant Theis
    is preserved, often with his own retrospective commentary attached. There are also

  • Historical Photograph Collection: Individuals series

    Consists of photographs of notable visitors to Princeton University. Also included are some images of staff.

  • Princeton at the World's Columbian Exhibition Records

    Consists of three certificates from the U.S. Congress honoring Princeton for the exhibit, three copies of a photograph of Dr. and Mrs. McCosh seated in the exhibit booth, a written proposal for the exhibit, layout plans for the exhibit, and two bound registers containing the autographs and home cities of visitors to the exhibit.

  • Frederick H. Osborn Papers

    The files relate exclusively to Princeton. They include correspondence and reports
    related to Osborn's service as a charter trustee and member of various advisory
    committees, during which time one major project was the commissioning of a
    Carnegie-funded “Study of Education at Princeton University.” Also detailed is
    Osborn's later work on the computerization of the University data files for the
    improvement of the admissions process.

  • Undergraduate Alumni Records

    Consists of personal files of former undergraduate students of Princeton University. Information in each file varies greatly but can include the names of relatives, notable achievements and news items, address updates, and obituaries.

  • Office of the Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel Records

    The Dean of the Chapel records document the activities of the Office and the
    Chapel and include former dean files, historical material, minutes, and
    marriage, birth, baptism, and death records as well as adminsitrative files and
    programs of services and concerts. Series 1 materials include files for the
    tenure of Dean Robert Russell Wicks (1928-1947), Assistant Deans of the Chapel
    Laurence Fenninger (1930-1946), Burton MacLean (1946-1948), H. Keith Beebe

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