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Imbrie, Andrew C. (Andrew Clerk), 1875-1965
Andrew C. Imbrie Papers
Princeton University Archives
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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.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of papers of Imbrie (Princeton Class of 1895), including undergraduate letters sent home (1891-1895), Princeton University records (1906-1942), and an Imbrie family genealogy. Among subjects touched frequently in his student letters to his parents are housing, campus customs, campus organizations, buildings and grounds, the course of study, campus figures, honors, football, and skating on the local canal. Also among the papers are correspondence, clipppings, and reports related to Imbrie's service as financial secretary; clippings, correspondence, and publications regarding the Graduate School controversy that occurred while Imbrie held his university office; records, correspondence, reports, publications, and clippings on Princeton architecture and the "Quad Plan"; and memoranda and reports on the progress of the reorganization of student social life at Princeton. In addition, the papers contain a four-volume compilation entitled Family Record of Andrew Welsh Imbrie and Frances Frazer Imbrie, written by Imbrie, which contains records of the Imbrie, Clerk, Welsh, and Frazer families.

Collection Creator Biography:

Imbrie, Andrew C. (Andrew Clerk), 1875-1965

Biographical details may be obtained from Imbrie's alumni file. He was elected an alumni trustee in 1907, and in 1909 the Trustees created the office of Financial Secretary of the Board to oversee business interests in cooperation with the President, to attend meetings of the Committees on Finance, Grounds and Buildings, and Library and Apparatus in order to coordinate the business departments of the University. Following Imbrie's departure from the Board in 1912, the Financial Secretary's office was abolished and a new Office of Secretary of Business Administration was created to function as the executive for the Committee on Grounds and Buildings. Imbrie remained active on the Graduate Council following his departure from the Board of Trustees.

Collection History


The Papers were given to Princeton by Imbrie in 1945 , 1946 and 1957 .

Accession Numbers: AM 13141, 13490, 15919


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Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Andrew C. Imbrie Papers; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-3