Princeton University History

Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • Class of 1969 Community Service Fund Records

    The records document the fund's internship programs and include applications for and evaluations of internships.

  • Historical Photograph Collection, Student Photograph Albums

    Consists photographic albums created by Princeton University students. These
    albums, along with the other photograph collections in the University Archives,
    help document the experiences of students, faculty and staff at Princeton
    University. The albums date from 1851 to 1938, although the bulk date from the
    1860s to the 1910s. New accessions are added regularly to the collection.

  • 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 History of New Jersey Series collection

    The collection consists of Thomas J. Wertenbaker's correspondence pertaining to the Princeton History of New Jersey Series, a set of volumes by different historians exploring a different aspect or period in New Jersey's development. Though Wertenbaker himself did not write a volume, he coordinated the efforts of the historians involved and acted as an advisor throughout the project.

  • Varnum Lansing Collins Papers

    The Varnum Lansing Collins Papers consist primarily of materials generated by
    Collins while writing several of his most well-known works on Princeton history.
    The papers include manuscripts, notes, correspondence, and research materials
    consisting of both original documents and facsimiles. Also included in the
    papers are materials pertaining to Collins' personal life, such as undergraduate

  • Fund for Reunion records

    The records contain correspondence, meeting minutes, newsletters, website captures, and other items
    related to the activities of Fund for Reunion.

  • Office of the President Records: Harold T. Shapiro Subgroup

    The Office of the President Records: Harold T. Shapiro document the administration of Princeton's eighteenth president, Harold T. Shapiro through correspondence, memoranda, press releases, and other materials. Topics found in the records include University finances, alumni fundraising, and Princeton’s 250th anniversary celebration. Also present are records documenting Shapiro’s interactions with students, faculty, staff, and various academic departments.Please see series descriptions in contents list for additional information about individual series.

  • Scrapbook Collection

    The scrapbook collection consists of scrapbooks maintained by 220 students totaling 296 volumes and documents the social and academic activities of Princeton undergraduates. By their very nature, scrapbooks are idiosyncratic, but generally they contain mementos relating to athletic events (such as tickets, programs, printed cheers, ribbons, and buttons), reunions, or life as a Princeton undergraduate.

  • Department of Grounds and Buildings Subject Files

    The series consists primarily of photocopies from university publications (most notably The Nassau Lit, The Daily Princetonian, The Princeton College Bulletin, The Princeton Weekly Bulletin, and the Princeton Alumni Weekly) and regional newspapers (including The New York Times, The Princeton Herald, The Princeton Packet, and Town Topics) about University buildings, grounds, and architects of Princeton University. Other printed materials include insurance surveys, press releases from the Department of Public Information, and programs from dedication ceremonies.

  • 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.

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