Princeton University History

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • John and Robb Carson Letters

    The correspondence to their parents cover the period 1903-1908. The collection also contains undated and partially dated letters. The bulk of the letters were written from 1903 to 1907 when Robb and John were undergraduates at Princeton. A smaller portion of letters were written by John when he was an Electrical Engineering graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston and Princeton University from 1907 to 1908. John and Robb also wrote to their parents from Chautaugua, New York (July 1903) and Schenectady, New York (letters undated).

  • Princeton University Women's Organization Records

    Consists of clippings, correspondence, reports, and studies pertaining to issues such as tenure, staff relations, and student recruitment. Though undergraduates were allowed to be members of PUWO the majority of the material reports on matters affecting University faculty and staff.

  • Class Reunion Books Collection

    The collection consists of class yearbooks that are published to mark class reunions and to provide updates on the lives of alumni. Many classes have more than one book to commemorate reunions, such as the 10th, 25th, etc. Though each reunion book is unique, they generally contain entries for each class member that list current contact information, occupation, marital status, and usually a short biographical entry detailing activities since graduation.

  • Princeton Playgoers, Inc. records

    Consists of financial records, correspondence, records of ticket sales,
    advertisements, contracts, and other materials documenting the planning and
    production of plays at McCarter Theatre in the summer of 1942.

  • Harold R. Medina Papers regarding Service to Princeton University

    These records document Judge Harold Medina's role as a trustee of Princeton University, a member of the Graduate Council, and a member of the advisory council for modern languages and literatures.

  • Alumni Organization records

    Consists primarily of administrative materials such as correspondence, meeting minutes, notebooks and reports belonging to both national and regional associations and their committees, most from the first half of the 20th century. Also contains newsletters, alumni directories, scrapbooks, photographs, and materials documenting reunions and alumni organization activities from the late 19th century forward.

  • 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.

  • William Wells Church Collection

    This collection includes correspondence, telegrams, ephemera, clippings, and other materials related to his time at Princeton.

  • New Jersey Board of University Extension Records

    The records consist of organizational materials pertaining to the formation of the
    Board as well as plans and conference minutes. Also included are letters from
    conference invitees, indicating their intentions to attend. The bulk of these
    invitees were New Jersey politicians and college administrators.

  • Steward and Refectory Records

    Consists of records relating to various expenses incurred by 18th- and 19th-century students while at Princeton. They are divided into two groups: 1) Refectory accounts, which are predominantly lists of students and the amounts due from each for itemized expenses, including room and board, tuition, library, servant wages, washing, damages and fuel. Other materials include bills, various accounts and reports, an inventory of furniture belonging to the kitchen in 1816, and bills, accounts and reports relating to the building of a new refectory in 1834-35.

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