Princeton University History

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • Sesquicentennial Celebration Records
  • Alexander Leitch Princeton, Harvard, and Yale Scrapbooks Collection

    Consists of 55 oversized scrapbooks assembled by Alexander Leitch '24 during his career as a Princeton University administrator. The scrapbooks include academic and athletic clippings primarily about Princeton, Harvard and Yale, mostly from New York-based newspapers.

  • Princeton Summer Theater Records

    The collection consists of organizational records and promotional materials which
    document the activities of Princeton Summer Theater dating back to its inception as
    Summer Intime. Earlier materials such as the group's charter, board meeting minutes,
    correspondence and financial records primarily document the development of the
    organization, while later materials such as playbills, press packets, photographs and
    posters primarily document the group's theatrical productions.

  • Gifford Princeton Wrestling scrapbooks collection

    Consists of three scrapbooks containing clippings about the Princeton wrestling team.
    Several of the articles specifically focus on the untimely death of wrestler Joe
    Gifford '39, and its effect on the team.

  • Princeton University Printed Materials Collection

    The Princeton University Printed Materials Collection is made up of programs, small newsletters, brochures, announcements and ephemera that are issued by University offices, departments and programs as well as by student organizations. For the most part, these items arrive at the University Archives through the campus mail on a daily basis throughout the year.

  • Physics Department Records

    Documents the scientific and teaching activities of Princeton University
    physicists from 1909 to 1962. While routine activities such as the hiring of
    faculty and the education of graduate and undergraduate students are recorded,
    these records also detail the Department’s activities in early studies of
    theoretical physics, as well as its participation in World War II research

  • Office of Development Records

    The collection consists of general files of the Princeton University Office of
    Development documenting several major fundraising campaigns including the 1919
    Endowment Campaign and the \53 Million Campaign\ of the late 1950s. The files
    contain correspondence, interoffice memos, committee meeting minutes, and
    research and promotional materials. An accrual in 2008 from the Office of

  • Department of Grounds and Buildings Technical Correspondence Records

    The collection consists largely of correspondence among architects, contractors, donors, and university officials, as well as inter-office memos concerning the construction, maintenance, and removal of buildings. Although many of the documents are of a desultory nature, in some instances they provide detailed information about the design of a building and the process by which an idea was transformed into concrete reality.

  • W. Beaumont Whitney Collection on A Princeton Companion

    Consists mainly of Whitney's correspondence with potential donors, contributors, and with author Alexander Leitch. Also included are edited manuscripts of select articles for the book, news clippings about the project, and some promotional materials.

  • 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.

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