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.
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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