Princeton University History

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • Historical Postcard Collection

    The Historical Postcard Collection contains both unmarked and canceled postcards which document the buildings and environs of the Princeton University campus. It includes both monochrome and color postcards. Several postcard booklets are housed at the end of the collection.

  • Department of Art and Archaeology Records

    Consists of the records of the Department of Art and Archaeology. Included are
    advisory council minutes; faculty files; records of gifts and endowments to the
    Department; correspondence; copies of recommendations written for graduates and
    undergraduates; files pertaining to renovation and expansion projects at the Art
    Museum and Marquand library; course lists; files on art-related organizations and
    museums; and published and unpublished materials documenting the Department's

  • 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.

  • Office of the Recording Secretary Records

    The files from the Office of the Recording Secretary consist of records of gifts donated to Princeton, organized according to their location on campus. The bulk of the records are correspondence with donors consisting of official acknowledgements and gift updates, however some architectural drawings and financial files are also included as well as bound yearly gift reports and card indexes of donors.

  • General Manuscripts Collection

    The General Manuscripts Collection consists of individual manuscripts and small
    collections of papers and records which are related in some way to the history,
    students, and alumni of Princeton University. The vast majority of the documents
    in the General Manuscripts collection were produced by alumni, although there
    are several exceptions such as trustees or other members of the University

  • Bureau of Student Placement records

    Consists of army, navy, and marine corps plans for colleges, card files containing information about students in the service, and the correspondence of director Gordon G. Sikes which includes letters to and from servicemen, military officials, and other University administrators.

  • McCarter Theatre Records

    The McCarter Theatre records document the history of the McCarter Theatre, including administration, performances and productions, and the building itself. Documents related to productions include annotated scripts, programs, set and costume designs, drafts, sheet music, photographs of performances, and promotional material. Documents related to McCarter Theatre administration include memoranda, correspondence, reports, and financial material. Blueprints, plans, reports, and photographs document the construction and maintenance of the building.

  • Undergraduate Academic Files

    Consists of individual files of former and current undergraduate students of
    Princeton University, containing grades, transcripts, and other information relating
    to the subject's academic career.

  • Princeton Municipal Improvement, Inc. records

    Consists of records which document the efforts of Princeton Municipal Improvement, Inc. in the midst of its Palmer Square development project. Included are financial statements, meeting minutes, and some correspondence.

  • Historical Subject Files Collection

    The Historical Subject Files documents Princeton University history and related topics from 1746 to the present. The collection consists of documents in almost every two-dimensional format: articles, books and booklets, clippings, correspondence, memoranda, non-photographic images, notes, pamphlets, posters, and reports.

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