Princeton University History

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • 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.

  • Historical Photograph Collection, Student Photographers Series

    With the introduction of the Kodak box camera in 1888, many students began to take their own photographs. Princeton students were taking and possibly developing their own photographs on campus as early as the 1870s and early 1880s, perhaps in the darkrooms in the John C. Green School of Science.The photographs in the Student Photographers Series comprise what must be a small proportion of the photographs taken by Princeton students in the late nineteenth century.

  • William G. Bowen Collection on the Federal Government and Princeton University

    Consists of notes and research materials compiled by William G. Bowen for use in his study The Federal Government and Princeton University, a report on the complex funding and research relationships between the two institutions. The notes reflect interviews Bowen conducted with faculty and staff. A copy of his final report and a paper published by the U.S. Congress on a similar subject are also included.

  • William K. Selden Collection on Eating Clubs

    The collection contains primarily clippings, arranged chronologically, from The Daily Princetonian as well as clippings from Princeton Alumni Weekly and Princeton Weekly Bulletin documenting the activities of Princeton University's Eating Clubs. Topics found within this collection include the University's Bicker policy and women's rights in the Eating Club system. Relevant reports, such as the Report on Undergraduate Residential Life, and personal correspondence are also found.

  • Board of Trustees Records

    The minutes document the Board of Trustees' concerns with overall policy and administration of the University. The other records provide context to the minutes, in the form of background material, especially correspondence and reports. They also provide information on Trustee actions taken through their appointed committees but not necessarily recorded in the minutes.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Sprint Football VHS Tapes Collection

    The collection consists of 196 videotapes (VHS format) of Sprint Football games and
    one video transfer of a 1947 varsity football game film. Each tape is labeled with
    the date of the game, the opponent, and in some instances the final score.

  • 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.

  • Princeton University Student Christian Association Records

    While these three organizations had different names and operated under different charters, they shared a common tradition and filled the same role in campus life. This collection documents their activities on campus and elsewhere, with both official documents (minutes, letters, memoranda) and clippings from the Daily Princetonian. The collection is incomplete, being informally assembled by many people over the years.

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