Subseries 12B: Letterpress Books
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 1889-1902.
Extent: 16 boxes
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
Subseries 12B: Letterpress Books; 1889-1902 (mostly 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.