Subseries 12A: General Materials
3 boxes (1 partial)
This collection is stored at Mudd Manuscript Library.
Requests will be delivered to Princeton University Archives, MUDD Reading Room
Collection Creator: Princeton University. Office of the
Dates: Mostly 1888-1932.
Extent: 3 boxes (1 partial)
Materials generated by the office of the president are closed for 40 years from
the date of their creation. Some records relating to personnel or students are
closed for longer periods of time.
Subseries 12A: General Materials, 1877-1994 [bulk: 1888-1932], is housed
in boxes 40, 40A, 57, 238, and 239, the latter two comprising portraits.
Biographical information is limited but does contain some interesting
anecdotes, one of which is from a student from the class of 1899. A copy
of an article about the David Swing trial is the only record from
Patton's pre- Princeton years. Both his College of New Jersey and
Princeton Theological Seminary inaugurations are documented, including a
few letters about the preparations for these events. There is a copy of
a paper on Patton's presidency from "The Aims of Education" course
taught by President Harold T. Shapiro in the 1990s. There is also an
article from The New York Observer that
offers a complimentary perspective on Patton. Another item of interest
can be found in the Honors/Portrait folder, in the form of a prayer that
the then ex-president Patton offered when the honorary degree of Doctor
of Laws was conferred on President Harding. The correspondence in this
subseries is arranged in alphabetical order by author. If the author is
unknown, the letter is filed under the addressee's name. There are
numerous photographs of Patton, and it is interesting to note the change
in his countenance, as his stark youthful features yielded to his older,
Subseries 12A: General Materials; 1877-1994 (mostly 1888-1932); Office of the President Records : Jonathan Dickinson
to Harold W. Dodds Subgroup, Princeton University Archives, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.