Princeton University History

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • Department of History records

    Consists of subject and faculty files, correspondence, departmental budgets, and
    course syllabi. Also included in the collection are statistical forms of 19th
    century Princeton alumni compiled for a research project by the Shelby Cullom
    Davis Center for Historical Studies, records from the NDEA Institute for
    Advanced Studies in History, and records from a 1996 conference on American
    Conservatism.

  • Nassau Hall Iconography

    The first is a rendering of Nassau Hall by Dawkins, from New American Magazine, published in 1760, four years after the building was completed. This building was later seriously damaged during the American Revolution. Paintings by Peale, Polk and Trumbull depicting George Washington and the Battle of Princeton have Nassau Hall in the backdrop, thus reminding the viewer of Princeton's contribution to the Revolutionary cause and its subsequent sufferings.Nassau Hall was severely damaged by fire several times in the course of the nineteenth century.

  • 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

  • Cleveland Memorial Tower Visitor Logs collection

    Consists of 11 log books signed by visitors to the Cleveland Memorial Tower.

  • 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).

  • Alumni Studies Program Records

    Consists of recordings -- mostly audiocassettes, compact discs and VHS tapes -- of
    lecture courses from the Class of 1942 seminars and other Alumni Studies courses, as
    well as a small amount of printed material to supplement the lectures.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • “Old Nassau” Collection

    This collection contains early scores and lyrics to Princeton University's alma mater “Old Nassau” as well as information about the song and the men who created it. Included are biographical information pertaining to the lives of the song's composer and lyricist, both before and after 1859. Other materials were assembled by Wilford Conrow (Class of 1901) as research for the publication Old Nassau (1905), a book containing the original song and its variations and several related essays.

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