Subseries 12B: Letterpress Books

16 boxes

This collection is stored at Mudd Manuscript Library.

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Collection Creator: Princeton University. Office of the President..

Dates: 1889-1902.

Extent: 16 boxes

Languages: English.

Access Restrictions

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 12B: Letterpress Books, 1889-1902 [bulk: 1889-1902], comprises the greater part of the Patton records and contains 16 letterpress books whose contents provide a running record of Patton's presidential duties. Most were either written or dictated by Patton, but some are from Registrar Henry N. Van Dyke and his secretary and son, George Patton. Each volume begins with an alphabetical listing of the addressees, though the letters are ordered chronologically. A card catalog in the lobby of the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library contains an alphabetical listing of addressees. The subject of the letters vary, but most deal with academic issues, including college entrance, scholarships, the curriculum, the affordability of tuition, degree requirements, and faculty applications. Other topics include preaching and speaking engagements, religious and academic references, and student employment and discipline. In perusing his correspondence, Patton's lack of administrative skills becomes increasingly apparent. He often states what he cannot do or what he is not aware of rather than offering alternatives or solutions to the problems posed to him. Many letters are declinations to attend events or write articles. Due to the varying force with which letters were pressed, some are pale and others are smudged. Approximately half of the letters are difficult to read. Later volumes, containing a greater number of typed letters, tend to be more legible.


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Preferred Citation

Subseries 12B: Letterpress Books; 1889-1902; 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.

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    Title Date Container
    Vol. I 1889-1890 Box 41
    Vol. II 1889-1890 Box 42
    Vol. III 1890-1891 Box 43
    Vol. IV 1891-1892 Box 44
    Vol. V 1892-1893 Box 45
    Vol. VI 1893-1894 Box 46
    Vol. VII 1894 Box 47
    Vol. VIII 1894-1895 Box 48
    Vol. IX 1895-1896 Box 49
    Vol. X 1896-1897 Box 50
    Vol. XI 1897 Box 51
    Vol. XII 1897-1898 Box 52
    Vol. XIII 1898-1899 Box 53
    Vol. XIV 1899-1900 Box 54
    Vol. XV 1901 Box 55
    Vol. XVI 1902 Box 56

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