Princeton University History

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • Department of Music Records

    The Department of Music records document the department's wide range of activities including undergraduate and graduate education, music research, and music-related programming on campus. The records contain correspondence, examinations, course materials, and several posters advertising department-sponsored concerts and lectures.Please see series descriptions in contents list for additional information about individual series.

  • Princeton Alumni Weekly Photograph Collection

    This collection contains images used or considered for use by the publication the Princeton Alumni Weekly. The photographs are generally black-white glossy 8x10 prints; however, 5x7 prints are also found within the collection.

  • Princeton University Presidents Oral History Collection

    Consists of taped interviews with former Princeton President Robert F. Goheen and
    William G. Bowen and accompanying transcripts, as well as a video retrospective
    titled 'Reflections of a President' produced for a 2006 Princeton University Library
    exhibit. In the interviews Goheen discusses many notable aspects of his presidency
    including the advent of coeducation at Princeton and the establishment of the Council

  • Firestone Library Architectural Drawings Collection

    The collection includes architectural drawings, plans and photographs of
    Firestone Library (1948) and the later addition of the John Foster Dulles
    Library of Diplomatic History (1962). Most of the materials are attributable to
    the R. B. O'Connor and W. H. Kilham, Jr. architecture firm. The collection also
    contains a senior thesis and architectural drawing of Ides van Waterschoot van
    der Gracht, Princeton Class of 1923.

  • Commission on the Future of the College Records

    The collection consists of the records of Commission chairman Marvin Bressler.
    Included are correspondence, Commission meeting minutes, reports and statistics,
    reactions to the Commission’s interim report, and surveys of undergraduates.The minutes are from November 20, 1970 to October 1, 1972. Included in the minutes is
    the scheduling of six public meetings covering three broad topics: undergraduate
    education at Princeton: achievements, problems and prospects; the transition between

  • Office of Physical Planning Records

    The Office of Physical Planning Records document the activities of Physical Planning, one division of Princeton University's Department of Facilities, and are primarily related to the construction and modification of buildings and other structures on Princeton's campus. The records contain a variety of documents, including correspondence between Physical Planning and contractors/designers, interoffice memoranda describing potential projects, invoices for work completed, and studies and reports pertaining to the campus.

  • Committee for the Bicentennial of Nassau Hall Records

    The collection documents the activities of the Committee through correspondence,
    publications, news articles, and press releases. Also included are a sheet of
    commemorative stamps and a resolution issued by the State of New Jersey
    observing the bicentennial event.

  • Office of Research and Project Administration Records

    The collection consists of annual reports, board minutes, policies, and interoffice correspondence of ORPA. Additionally, it contains files assembled for large-scale university research projects such as the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, as well as on research-related issues such as the use of human subjects and biosafety. Also included in the collection are research proposals submitted to ORPA from academic departments in both the sciences and the humanities. Series 2 contains research proposals that have been transferred as electronic records.

  • American Whig Society Records

    Consists of records of the American Whig Society (1769-1941). The materials document the growth and development of the oldest literary and debating society in the United States, from its inception in 1769, through its rivalry with the other campus literary organization, the Cliosophic Society, to its final merger with Clio in 1941. Included are minutes of meetings, financial records, and correspondence of members, as well as committee reports, membership lists, constitutions, and by-laws.

  • 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.

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