Subseries 15C: Subject Files

34 boxes (2 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 President..

Dates: 1907-1990.

Dates: Mostly 1936-1956.

Extent: 34 boxes (2 partial)

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.

Description

Subseries 15C: Subject Files, 1907-1990 [bulk: 1936-1956], consists of a number of different subjects arranged alphabetically, including the A. P. Smith Manufacturing Case, Harold Dodds's personal correspondence, Margaret Dodds's diaries, the Eugene Higgins Trust, Alger Hiss, the Hoover Commission Task Force, the Madison Memorial Commission, the Princeton Local Government Survey, and World War II. Particulars about these subjects follow.

The A. P. Smith Manufacturing Case evolved from a desire to legitimize unrestricted gifts from businesses to educational institutions. In 1952 the A. P. Smith Manufacturing Company of East Orange, New Jersey gave an unrestricted gift of $1,500 to Princeton University. Stockholders complained that the gift was a misapplication of corporate funds. The State Superior Court ruled that the gift was legal, with Dodds testifying on behalf of Princeton University.

Dodds's personal correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Most letters are from his family, with the majority coming from his brother John Dodds. With regard to his wife Margaret Dodds's diaries, their dates overlap. Topics include the weather, entertaining, engagements, impressions of speeches, health, concerns of family and friends, travel, and references to her husband's schedule.

The Eugene Higgins Trust, a $34,000,000 perpetual trust, was allocated among four universities, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and Princeton, in order to enhance their science departments. The Trust was to be controlled by the president of each university.

Alger Hiss, a former State Department official and convicted perjurer, was one of several speakers invited to address the Whig-Cliosophic Society. The president's administrative council, which had not been consulted in advance, cautioned the students about the serious implications of the invitation but did not force them to rescind it. Against the backdrop of the Cold War, both alumni and the general public deluged Dodds's office with letters. Most were passionately against the Hiss lecture, stating that he was a spy and responsible for the deaths of American soldiers. Hiss lectured on April 26, 1956. Father Hugh Halton, chaplain to Princeton University's Roman Catholic students, arranged a lecture about Hiss the preceding night. The lecture featured Willard Edwards, a Chicago Tribune reporter who had followed Hiss's career and trial.

Dodds was chairman of the Hoover Commission Task Force, which was established to investigate and make recommendations about Civil Service and personnel issues in the Federal Government. The material relating to this undertaking consists of reports, bills, and correspondence. Dodds was also chairman of the Madison Memorial Commission, which was formed to establish the Madison Memorial Library, part of the Library of Congress, in Washington, D. C. Folders on this topic contain correspondence regarding the location of the library, its architectural design, office space, and exhibits.

A committee composed of Dodds, Harley Lutz (public finance), and William S. Carpenter (politics) organized the Princeton Local Government Survey on September 1, 1935. Its purpose was to devise a program for the improvement of local government in New Jersey, to explain the program, and to place the program in a form suitable for practical implementation. The Survey, which functioned even during World War II, generated numerous recommendations, as well as reports on its work. One folder contains correspondence with Robert Wood Johnson, who had subscribed to the cost of the Survey and delegated to a lawyer, Russell E. Watson, the task of seeking other subscriptions.

World War II-related topics include the military branches and accelerated training courses. Various conferences, committees, commissions, and associations are represented, and there is material relating to programs such as Books for Men in Service, in which servicemen received three books of their choosing free of charge. Educational matters such as emergency courses in Near Eastern languages and culture, military planning, French for government service, topography and map interpretation, radio communication, marine and air navigation, and Japanese, Russian, and Arabic can also be found. There were also military language courses in French, German, Spanish, and Italian designed for intelligence, censorship, and interpreter services. Of note in the correspondence folder are letters from British Field Marshal Sir John Greer Dill and James V. Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy.

Preferred Citation

Subseries 15C: Subject Files; 1907-1990 (mostly 1936-1956); 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
    A. P. Smith Manufacturing Company Case: Correspondence 1952 January-1986 June Box 174, Folder 4
    A. P. Smith Manufacturing Company Case: Case Preparation 1951 August-1953 October Box 174, Folder 5
    A. P. Smith Manufacturing Company Case: News Clippings/Reports/Notes 1952 March-1967 April Box 174, Folder 6
    A. P. Smith Manufacturing Company Case: Proceedings and Testimonies 1952 January-1953 March Box 174, Folder 7
    Accounts: Household 1936-1954 Box 174, Folder 8
    Alumni: Princeton Students Whose Fathers are Alumni 1948 August-1955 October Box 175, Folder 1
    Alumni Trip 1939 December-1956 April Box 175, Folder 2
    Autobiographical Memoirs of Dodds's father and brother 1939 June-1971 January Box 175, Folder 3
    Belgian American Educational Foundation 1964 March-1967 June Box 175, Folder 4-5
    Bermuda Anglo-American Conference 1943 April-1943 September Box 175, Folder 6
    Biographical Information 1928-1976 Box 175, Folder 7
    British Service Courses 1943-1945 Box 175, Folder 8
    Campus 1954 1974 Box 175, Folder 9
    Commentaries on Newspaper Articles/Discussions 1941 1945 Box 175, Folder 10
    Committee on Integration of the Medical Services of the Government 1946 Box 175, Folder 11
    Congressional Investigation Memorandum, Harold W. Chase 1948-1954 Box 176, Folder 1
    Correspondence: Condolences re Dodds's Death 1980 Box 176, Folder 2-5
    Correspondence: Condolences re Dodds's Mother 1938 Box 176, Folder 6
    Correspondence: A-B, Congratulations on Presidency 1933 Box 176, Folder 7
    Correspondence: C-Y, Congratulations on Presidency 1933-1934 Box 177, Folder 1-6
    Correspondence: to Margaret Dodds, Congratulations on Husband's Presidency 1933 Box 177, Folder 7
    Correspondence: Condolences re Dodds's Father 1947 December-1948 January Box 178, Folder 1-2
    Correspondence: Family, Dodds, Mrs. Dodds 1944-1967 Box 178, Folder 3
    Correspondence: Personal, Dodds, Mrs. Dodds 1922-1986 Box 178, Folder 4-6
    Correspondence: Princeton Community, Dodds, Mrs. Dodds 1972-1988 Box 178, Folder 7
    Correspondence: A-D, Dodds 1934-1980 Box 178, Folder 8-10
    Correspondence: D-H and M-W, Dodds 1947-1978 Box 179, Folder 1-2
    Correspondence: Miscellaneous, Dodds 1939-1946 Box 179, Folder 3
    Crank Letters 1957 Box 179, Folder 4
    Cuban Elections 1934-1936 Box 179, Folder 5
    Dinners/Functions/Programs/Menus 1933-1973 Box 179, Folder 6-7
    Dodds, Margaret, Diaries 1935 March-1956 September Box 179, Folder 8-10
    Dodds, Margaret, Diaries 1949 March-1971 August Box 180, Folder 1-6
    Dodds, Margaret, Diaries 1971 May-1988 February Box 181, Folder 1-2
    Entertaining 1907-1956 Box 181, Folder 3-6
    Entertaining: Honorary Degree Dinners 1938-1957 Box 181, Folder 7
    Halton, Father Hugh, Roman Catholic Chaplain of Princeton University (Restricted) 1956-1957 Box 182, Folder 1
    Higgins Trust, Eugene: Correspondence 1948-1957 Box 182, Folder 2-7
    Higgins Trust, Eugene: Reports 1949-1953 Box 182, Folder 8
    Higgins Trust, Eugene: Reports 1953-1956 Box 183, Folder 1-3
    Higgins Trust, Eugene: Board of Control 1953 March Box 183, Folder 4
    Higgins Trust, Eugene: Board of Control, Agenda for Meeting of 1951 April 4 1951 April Box 183, Folder 5
    Higgins Trust, Eugene: Board of Control 1952-1953 Box 183, Folder 6-7
    Higgins Trust, Eugene: Board of Control, Agenda and Proposals 1952 May-1957 April Box 184, Folder 1
    Higgins Trust, Eugene: Will and Trust 1948-1949 Box 184, Folder 2
    Hiss, Alger 1956 Box 184, Folder 3
    Hiss, Alger: Congressional Record 1956 Box 184, Folder 4
    Hiss, Alger: Correspondence, Administrative 1956-1957 Box 184, Folder 5
    Hiss, Alger: Correspondence, Alumni Against Hiss Lecture 1956 April-1956 September Box 184, Folder 6-9
    Hiss, Alger: Correspondence, Relatives of Alumni Against Hiss Lecture 1956 Box 184, Folder 10
    Hiss, Alger: Correspondence, Alumni Against Hiss Lecture undated Box 184, Folder 11
    Hiss, Alger: Correspondence, Alumni For Hiss Lecture 1956 April-1956 July Box 185, Folder 1-2
    Hiss, Alger: Correspondence, Form Letter Responses 1956 April-1956 July Box 185, Folder 3
    Hiss, Alger: Correspondence, List, Form Letters, Administrative Matters 1956 Box 185, Folder 4
    Hiss, Alger: Correspondence, Miscellaneous 1955-1956 Box 185, Folder 5
    Hiss, Alger: Correspondence, Non-alumni Against Hiss Lecture 1956 April-1956 May Box 185, Folder 6-9
    Hiss, Alger: Correspondence, Non-alumni Against Hiss Lecture 1956 May undated Box 186, Folder 1-2
    Hiss, Alger: Correspondence, Postcards Against Hiss Lecture 1956 April-1956 May Box 186, Folder 3
    Hiss, Alger: Correspondence, Non-alumni For Hiss Lecture 1956 Box 186, Folder 4
    Hiss, Alger: Correspondence, Unsigned, Against Hiss Lecture 1956 Box 186, Folder 5
    Hiss, Alger: Correspondence, Whig-Clio Against Hiss Lecture 1956 Box 186, Folder 6
    Hiss, Alger: Correspondence, Whig-Clio For Hiss Lecture 1956 Box 186, Folder 7
    Hiss, Alger: Correspondence, Whig-Clio, Neutral/Ticket Requests 1956 Box 186, Folder 8
    Hiss, Alger: Crank Correspondence 1956 Box 186, Folder 9
    Hiss, Alger: Daily Princetonian 1956 Box 187, Folder 1
    Hiss, Alger: Faculty and Staff For Hiss Lecture 1956 Box 187, Folder 2
    Hiss, Alger: Father Halton Restricted 2007 1956 April Box 187, Folder 3
    Hiss, Alger: Magazine Articles 1956-1976 Box 187, Folder 4
    Hiss, Alger: Newspaper Articles 1956 April Box 187, Folder 5-8
    Hiss, Alger: Newspaper Articles 1956 April-1967 September Box 188, Folder 1-6
    Hiss, Alger: Newspaper Articles Sent to Dodds Anonymously 1956 undated Box 189, Folder 1-2
    Hiss, Alger: Newspaper Articles sent to Whig-Clio 1956 undated Box 189, Folder 3
    Hiss, Alger: Petition to Protest Hiss Lecture 1956 Box 189, Folder 4
    Hiss, Alger: Speech Logistics for Edwards and Hiss 1956 April-1956 May Box 189, Folder 5
    Hiss, Alger: Statement of Trustees 1956 April Box 189, Folder 6
    Honorary Degrees 1931-1958 Box 189, Folder 7-10
    Honorary Degrees/Honors/Commemorations 1933-1975 Box 189, Folder 11
    Honors, Stockberger Award 1955-1956 Box 190, Folder 1
    Hoover Commission Task Force Members, Committee of 1953 January-1956 October Box 190, Folder 2-7
    Hoover Commission Task Force Members, Committee of 1956 November-1967 January Box 191, Folder 1-2
    House: Prospect, Furnishings and Garden 1933-1957 Box 191, Folder 3
    Housing: Faculty Life Occupancy 1953 January-1954 May Box 191, Folder 4-5
    Housing: Faculty Life Occupancy, Short Survey B-W 1953 Box 191, Folder 6
    Housing: Faculty Life Occupancy, Surveys A-W 1953 Box 191, Folder 7-8
    Infirmary, Isabella McCosh 1941-1956 Box 192, Folder 1
    Invitations/Thank Yous/Miscellaneous 1935-1970 Box 191, Folder 2
    Madison Memorial Commission: Architectural Drawings 1960 August-1972 Box 191, Folder 3-4
    Madison Memorial Commission: Artists/Advisors/Consultants 1972 undated Box 191, Folder 5
    Madison Memorial Commission: Biographical Information 1951-1965 Box 191, Folder 6
    Madison Memorial Commission: Chairman's Report 1972 Box 191, Folder 7
    Madison Memorial Commission: Congressional Record/Bills/Reports 1960-1961 1963-1971 Box 191, Folder 8-9
    Madison Memorial Commission: Correspondence 1959 October-1961 February Box 191, Folder 10
    Madison Memorial Commission: Correspondence 1961 March-1969 December Box 193, Folder 1-6
    Madison Memorial Commission: Correspondence 1970 January-1977 December Box 194, Folder 1-5
    Madison Memorial Commission: Correspondence to Prevent House Takeover of Memorial for Office Space 1975 Box 194, Folder 6
    Madison Memorial Commission: Correspondence, Clinton M. Hester 1960 July-1962 December Box 194, Folder 7
    Madison Memorial Commission: Correspondence, Clinton M. Hester 1963 January-1971 December Box 195, Folder 1-7
    Madison Memorial Commission: Dedication 1980 Box 196, Folder 1
    Madison Memorial Commission: Meeting Agendas 1960-1973 Box 196, Folder 2
    Madison Memorial Commission: Memoranda/Aides Memoires 1960-1970 Box 196, Folder 3
    Madison Memorial Commission: Other Memorials 1937-1962 Box 196, Folder 4
    Madison Memorial Commission: Newspaper Articles 1960-1973 Box 196, Folder 5
    Madison Memorial Commission: Press Releases 1961-1967 Box 196, Folder 6
    Madison Memorial Commission: Travel Expenses 1960-1973 Box 196, Folder 7
    Memorials/Announcements/Obituaries, Dodds 1954 January-1981 April Box 196, Folder 8-9
    Memorial/Obituary, Mrs. Dodds 1990 March Box 196, Folder 10
    Memorial/Estate of Samuel Dodds 1947-1952 Box 197, Folder 1
    "The Mercer County Plan: A Guide for Future Development" 1931 January Box 197, Folder 2
    Military Correspondence: Draft 1951 January-1951 April Box 197, Folder 3
    Military Correspondence: Universal Training and Miscellaneous 1926 January-1957 February Box 197, Folder 4
    Miscellaneous 1925-1956 Box 197, Folder 5
    Montebello Meeting Scholarship Candidates 1964 Box 197, Folder 6
    Nicaragua Elections 1921-1932 Box 197, Folder 7-9
    Nicaragua Elections 1929 Box 198, Folder 1
    New Articles: Education/Politics 1936 January-1974 March undated Box 198, Folder 2-5
    Newspaper/Magazine Articles re Dodds 1933-1937 Box 198, Folder 6
    Newspaper/Magazine Articles and Press Releases 1938-1943 Box 198, Folder 7
    Newspaper/Magazine Articles and Press Releases 1944-1957 December Box 199, Folder 1-7
    Newspaper/Magazine Articles and Press Releases 1958 February-1989 April Box 200, Folder 1-2
    Newspaper Articles, Mr. & Mrs. Dodds 1947-1949 Box 200, Folder 3
    Oral History, Columbia University 1968 Box 200, Folder 4
    Oral History, Columbia University: Correspondence 1962-1982 Box 200, Folder 5
    Portrait: Dodds 1934-1957 Box 200, Folder 6
    Properties/Investments, Personal 1933-1980 Box 200, Folder 7
    Property: Waquoit 1957-1959 Box 200, Folder 8
    Publications: The Academic President, Complimentary Book Copies 1962-1963 Box 200, Folder 9
    Publications: The Academic President, Correspondence 1962-1963 Box 200, Folder 10
    Publications: The Academic President, Memorandum/Outline for the Study of the Academic Presidency 1958 Box 200, Folder 11
    Publications: The Academic President Reviews 1962-1964 Box 200, Folder 12
    Publications: The Academic President Review Correspondence 1962 Box 201, Folder 1
    Publications: The Academic President Royalty Statements 1962-1964 Box 201, Folder 2
    Publications: Article for Duke University 1963 Box 201, Folder 3
    Publications: Proposed Article for New York Times 1959 Box 201, Folder 4
    Publications: Article for Public Administration Review 1959-1960 Box 201, Folder 5
    Publications: "The College and University President at Work" 1961 Box 201, Folder 6
    Publications: Out of this Nettle, Danger, Correspondence 1944-1945 Box 201, Folder 7
    Publications: Reviews 1958-1967 undated Box 201, Folder 8
    Publications: Letter to Alumni and Parents of Undergraduates 1953 Box 201, Folder 9
    Reports: Cosmic Ray Programs 1947 Box 201, Folder 10
    Reports: Graduate Schools, The Association of Graduate Schools in the AAU 1954 Box 201, Folder 11-12
    Reports: New York University, Confidential Report to President James M. Hester on the Operation of New York University 1964 Box 201, Folder 13
    Reports: The President's Annual Report 1944-1951 Box 202, Folder 1
    Reports of the University 1950-1951 Box 202, Folder 2-3
    Reports: Two-Year Post-War Program, Executive Committee on Urban Research 1945 Box 202, Folder 4
    Retirement 1953-1978 Box 202, Folder 5
    Retirement: Newspaper Articles and Notes 1956-1974 Box 202, Folder 6
    Survey: Princeton Local Government Survey 1936 Box 202, Folder 7
    Survey: Princeton Local Government Survey, Correspondence 1936-1944 Box 202, Folder 8
    Survey: Princeton Local Government Survey, Donors 1935-1942 Box 202, Folder 9
    Survey: Princeton Local Government Survey, Civil Rights 1937-1947 Box 203, Folder 1
    Survey: Princeton Local Government Survey, Civil Rights, Correspondence, and Reports 1947-1948 Box 203, Folder 2
    Survey: Princeton Local Government Survey, Reports 1935 September-1944 October undated Box 203, Folder 3-5
    Survey: Princeton Local Government Survey, Robert W. Johnson 1934-1952 Box 203, Folder 6
    Testimony of Dodds Before the Senate Judiciary Committee 1937 January-1937 April Box 203, Folder 7-8
    Travel 1943-1957 December Box 204, Folder 1-3
    Writings: Education (with Annotations) 1945-1962 1965-1973 Box 204, Folder 4-5
    Writings: Educational Institutions 1932-1961 Box 204, Folder 6
    Writings: Liberal Arts 1955-1962 Box 204, Folder 7
    Writings: Politics 1958 Box 204, Folder 8
    World War II: American Council on Education 1942-1943 Box 205, Folder 1
    World War II: American Defense, Harvard Group 1940-1943 Box 205, Folder 2
    World War II: Alumni in Service 1939-1946 Box 205, Folder 3-4
    World War II: Atomic Bomb Energy 1945-1947 Box 205, Folder 5
    World War II: Awards 1945-1947 Box 205, Folder 6
    World War II: Books for Men in Service 1943-1945 Box 205, Folder 7
    World War II: Campus Center 1943 Box 205, Folder 8
    World War II: Citizens Committee for a National War Service Act 1944 Box 205, Folder 9
    World War II: Committee Work 1941-1944 Box 205, Folder 10
    World War II: Compton, Karl T. (MIT President), Mission to Tokyo undated Box 205, Folder 11
    World War II: Conferences 1941-1946 Box 205, Folder 12
    World War II: Correspondence 1942-1975 Box 205, Folder 13
    World War II: Correspondence, Letters to Parents of Undergraduates from Dodds 1941-1945 Box 205, Folder 14
    World War II: Defense Projects/Faculty Participation/Princeton Facilities 1940-1946 Box 205, Folder 15
    World War II: Education 1941-1946 Box 206, Folder 1
    World War II: Education, Emergency Courses 1941-1942 Box 206, Folder 2
    World War II: Education, Postwar/Veterans 1940-1945 Box 206, Folder 3
    World War II: Education, Scientific Apparatus 1941 Box 206, Folder 4
    World War II: Education, Training, Military 1941-1945 Box 206, Folder 5
    World War II: Education, Accelerated Programs, Policy Addresses and Statements 1941-1944 Box 206, Folder 6
    World War II: Fort Dix 1940-1944 Box 206, Folder 7
    World War II: Japanese Citizens and Aliens in USA 1942 Box 206, Folder 8
    World War II: Memorials, Honor Rolls 1944-1946 Box 206, Folder 9
    World War II: Military, Army 1944-1946 Box 206, Folder 10
    World War II: Military, Army Air Force Redistribution Center 1944 Box 206, Folder 11
    World War II: Military, British 1943-1952 Box 206, Folder 12
    World War II: Military, Marine Corps 1941-1946 Box 206, Folder 13
    World War II: Military, Navy 1940-1947 Box 206, Folder 14
    World War II: Military, Naval Education/Training 1942-1946 Box 206, Folder 15
    World War II: Military, Organizations 1941 Box 207, Folder 1
    World War II: Miscellaneous 1942-1946 Box 207, Folder 2
    World War II: Post-War Plans, International Affairs (Japan, Korea) 1944 Box 207, Folder 3
    World War II: Post-War Personnel Index 1942-1946 Box 207, Folder 4
    World War II: U.S.S. Princeton 1942-1950 Box 207, Folder 5
    World War II: Reserves 1940-1944 Box 207, Folder 6
    World War II: Reserves, Army Enlisted Reserve Corps 1942 Box 207, Folder 7
    World War II: ROTC 1945-1947 Box 207, Folder 8
    World War II: S.S. John Gier Hibben, S.S. W.H. Edwards 1943-1945 Box 207, Folder 9
    World War II: Security/Defense 1940-1944 Box 207, Folder 10
    World War II: Tiger Tales 1943-1944 Box 207, Folder 11
    World War II: War Records Commission 1943-1944 Box 207, Folder 12
    World War II: Wartime Placement of College Faculties, Commission on 1942-1943 Box 207, Folder 13