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Collection Overview

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Eating Clubs Records
Princeton University Archives
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53 boxes, 1 folder, and 2 items
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Boxes 1-51; S-000246; S-000248; S-000247; S-000271; S-000249


The Eating Club Records consist of manuscript and printed material from almost all the clubs. The records of individual eating clubs have been combined with material on Eating Clubs in general. This material includes correspondence, reports, minutes, financial statements, constitutions, and miscellaneous records. Printed material in the records consist of newspaper and magazine clippings, club membership books, and club histories.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The Eating Club Records consists of records of individual eating clubs as well as material on Eating Clubs in general. Contained in the records are correspondence, reports, minutes, financial statements, constitutions, clippings, newsletters, club membership books, and club histories.


The collection is arranged in the following series:

Collection History


No acquisition information was available at the time of processing.


No appraisal information was available at time of processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by James M. Watson Jr. from January to May 1993. Finding aid written by James M. Watson Jr. from January to May 1993. Additions were processed by Christie Peterson with assistance from Eleanor Wright '14 between November 2010 and January 2011. AR.2003.090 added by Christie Peterson and finding aid updated in July 2011.

AR.2015.078, two boxes of Colonial Club material acquired from Colonial Club in October 2015, was added by Phoebe Nobles and finding aid updated in March 2016.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use, with the exception of one folder in Series 7, "Tower Club--Letters of Recommendation", which is restricted for 75 years or the lifetime of the student.

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.

Credit this material:

Eating Clubs Records; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
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Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Boxes 1-51; S-000246; S-000248; S-000247; S-000271; S-000249

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William K. Selden Collection on Eating Clubs, 1906-1994 (AC030)

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Rivinus, Willis M., Papers Relating to the Sally Frank Case (AC009)

Senior Theses relating to Eating Clubs (AC102):

Belcher, Peter Runyon, An Analysis of the Poker Subculture of Dial Lodge (1972: Sociology)

Blynn, Henry Reid, Are Princeton eating Clubs Stereotyped? (1949: Psychology)

Colson, Wendell B. The Upperclassmen Union: A Proposal to Replace the Princeton Terrace Club (1976: Architecture)

Eddy, Thomas Philips, Princeton Eating Club X - a Case Study (1949: Economics)

Elliot, Charles Leo, Jr., An Investigation of Reputation: An Index to the Campus Characterizations of Six Princeton Eating Clubs (1956: Psychology)

Kaneko, Darryl Glen, The Role of Physical Appearance in Social Processes (1967: Sociology)

Kashatus, Peter John, The Effect of Club Membership and Other Factors on the Academic Achievements of Princeton Students (1968: Psychology)

King, Philo Rockwell, Jr., Formal and Informal Organizations in a Princeton Eating Club (1948: Economics)

Kram, S. Edward, College Cultures: Stereotyping, Attitude Formation and Dating Behavior (1967: Sociology)

Libertelli, Joseph Francis, The Organization of Terrace Club (1979: Politics)

Marshall, Michael Anthony, The Origins and Development of the Princeton Upper-class Eating Club systems, 1868-1917 (1957: History)

Mills, Michael James, Preserving Cannon Club: A Redesign for the Office of Population Research (1973: Architecture)

Rafsky, Lawrence C. Bidding Probabilities in Bicker (1967: Statistics)

Seligman, Scott D., Woodrow Wilson and the Quadrangle Controversy at Princeton 1906-1908 (1973: History)

Seltzer, Judith A., The Class Menagerie: A Study of the System of Social Stratification in the Princeton University Undergraduate Community (1976: Sociology)

Stockmar, Ernest Charles, Paired Comparison and Successive Interval Study of the Princeton Club System (1956: Psychology)

Terry, Owen Rockefeller, Jr., A Socioeconomic Study Relating to Anti-Academicism in the Princeton University Club System (1958: Psychology)

Tyler, Robert Perry, Jr., The Relationship of Ethnocentrism to the Prestige Indices of Secondary Schooling and Club Membership at Princeton University (1950: Psychology)

Unger, Christian Herbert. Perceived Variability and the Perception of Self: A Study of Princeton Eating Club Members (1990: Psychology) Thesis # 669

Subject Terms:
Clubs -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
College Students -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- Social conditions.
College Students -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- Societies, etc.
Cannon Club (Princeton University).
Tiger Inn (Princeton, N.J.)
Ivy Club
Princeton Quadrangle Club (Princeton, N.J.)
Princeton Terrace Club.
Princeton Tower Club
Princeton University
Princeton University. Cap and Gown Club.
Princeton University. Colonial Club.
Princeton University. Cottage Club.