Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Edwin Mark Norris Records, 1895-1929

9 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Edwin Mark Norris, Class of 1895, was the second editor of the PAW, his tenure lasting from 1905 to 1924. Previous to this position he had been the personal assistant to Dean West of the Graduate School where he worked for the Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee from 1895-97. In 1897 he earned an A.M. from Princeton and became a reporter for the Philadelphia Press until 1900 when he became associate editor of the PAW for four years. In 1904 he took over editorship of the magazine until 1924. Edwin Norris, also known as Teddy, died in 1925.

The Norris records are organized into three subseries: Subject Files, arranged alphabetically; Manuscripts, arranged alphabetically by title; and Correspondence, arranged chronologically and then by name. Within a given folder, the correspondence is not strictly alphabetical. The correspondence includes a number of years for which the bulk of the files seem to have been lost. Principal events covered by the Norris subseries include the controveries surrounding Woodrow Wilson's tenure as university president (the Graduate College and the Quad Plan), Woodrow Wilson's political career, alumni participation in World War I, Princeton architecture and athletics. The papers also document the rising importance of alumni in reshaping the nature of the university in the early part of the century and the role of the alumni magazine in linking alumni to the university. Important correspondents include V. Lansing Collins, Whitney Darrow, John Grier Hibben, Walter E. Hope, Andrew C. Imbrie, H. G. Murray, Moses Taylor Pyne, H. Alexander Smith, Norman Thomas, Henry Burling Thompson, Henry P. Van Dusen, John Wanamaker, and Alexander Fleming West and Woodrow Wilson.


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Collection History


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Processing Information

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Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. The Trustees of Princeton University hold copyright to all materials generated by Princeton University employees in the course of their work. If copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers will not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with non-commercial use of materials from the Mudd Library. For materials where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 1: Edwin Mark Norris Records; Princeton Alumni Publications, Inc. Editor's Records, AC013, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-9