Andrew C. Imbrie Papers, 1895-1947

Princeton University Archives

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Imbrie, Andrew C. (Andrew Clerk), 1875-1965
The Papers of Andrew C. Imbrie, Class of 1895, (1875-1965) provide information on his undergraduate years, his service as an alumni trustee from 1907 until 1912 (including a period as Financial Secretary of the Princeton University Board of Trustees (1909-1912) during which he had charge of reorganization of the business management of the University leading to the creation of what became the Office of the Controller) and his family's genealogy.
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Imbrie's letters home touch on a variety of subjects, most notably housing (boarding houses and dorms, including sketches of floor plans), interclass competition (including hazing and snowball fights), campus customs (the Rush, cane spree, painting the Cannon, step singing, top spinning in front of Reunion Hall by seniors), campus organizations (Philadelphian Society, New York Club, class elections, debates, Whig Society, eating clubs [O.D.V.], Nassau Lit, Monday Night Club), buildings and grounds (Alexander Hall, East Hall, Brokaw Pool, student telegraph system [including a map of system], installation of telephones on campus), the course of study (excuses, cuts at chapel, Patton's advice on specialization, creation of the honor system in 1893, essays, junior orations, disciplinary system), campus figures (faculty nicknames, Jimmy Stink, hiring of a proctor), honors (Baird Prize, sophomore essay prize, election as class secretary for life and its duties), football and skating on the canal. Of interest are Imbrie's attitudes toward blacks (especially the pot scrubbers who cleaned his room), Italians and Jews and his description of Coxey's Army's visit to Princeton in 1895.
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This series includes files maintained by Imbrie regarding the University. They include correspondence, clippings and reports related to Imbrie's service as Financial Secretary; clippings, correspondence and publications regarding the Graduate School controversy which occurred while Imbrie held his University office; records, correspondence, reports, publications clippings on Princeton architecture and the "Quad Plan;" correspondence and records relating to the Graduate Council Freshman Honor Prize; and memoranda and reports on the progress of reorganization of student social life at Princeton.