Princeton University History
Collections with Divisional Holdings
Princetoniana Committee Oral History Project Records
The Princetoniana Committee Oral History Project (POHP) Records consist of oral
history interview transcripts from three separate oral history projects and
related materials. The first set of transcipts consists of interviews with
prominent Princeton Alumni assembled for the 1996 book Going Back: An Oral History of Princeton. Also included are
correspondence pertaining to the project and audio recordings of interviews. The
Junior and Senior Orations Collection
Consists of programs for orations given at commencement, oration contests held by the American Whig and Cliosophic Societies, and other orations given on campus. The programs generally contain the date of the orations, lists of participants, and the subjects to be covered.
Office of the President Records: Robert F. Goheen Subgroup
The collection contains eighteen series, which consist of correspondence and memoranda, reports, speeches, publications, and related materials, which were created or received by Robert Goheen and other members of the President's office. The filing system was shared by Ricardo A. Mestres, Financial Vice-President and Treasurer, and Edgar M. Gemmell, Administrative Vice-President. In addition, Series 18 includes the files of two assistants to the president.
William E. Potter Diary
The diary, a single volume comprised of approximately 100 handwritten pages, is
inscribed “Diary of Wm E. Potter/Monday Sept. 5, 1859.” The first page of the diary
contains what appears to be grades most likely from his final year at Harvard. The
last page contains subjects for prize debates. The diary itself begins with Sept. 5,
1859 and concludes on June 28, 1862. There are entries for every day between
Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures Records
The records consist of undergraduate course syllabi from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures for the academic years 1994/1995 through 2003/2004.
Historical Photograph Collection, Class Photographs Series
The collection consists of group portraits and other photos of Princeton University classes. Though some photographs depict the classes while their members were students, the majority of the photographs are from alumni reunions.
Special Committee on Sponsored Research Records
This collection contains chairman Thomas Kuhn's personal papers relating to his committee work; administrative files of the committee, including its minutes, budget, membership files, and memos; a collection of documents produced by the committee and its members; is a compilation of material about the influence of the federal government and national special interest groups on sponsored research collected during a trip to Washington involving a few of the committee members in August 1970; documents about sponsored research and research policy at Princeton University that was open to committe
The Copybook Collection brings together original materials from the university archives. Copybooks document individual students' work and interests; they may contain penmanship exercises, handwritten excerpts of poems, and/or literary translations.
Faculty and Professional Staff files
This collection consists of individual personnel files for nearly every individual at
one time employed as a member or Princeton University's faculty or professional
staff. The files contain a wide range of materials, from published articles to
correspondence, salary records, and obituaries.
Princeton University Publications Collection
The Princeton University Publications collection contains issues of nearly 150
different periodicals published by the university and related organizations, as
well as a few items published by others about the university, that have not been
cataloged individually. Notable items in the collection include an 1802
newspaper account of the Nassau Hall fire (The Balance), 19th century student
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