Contents and Arrangement

Colonial Club, 1891-2002

2 boxes
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This sub-series contains two boxes of material received from the Colonial Club in 2015. It contains correspondence related to undergraduate, graduate and associate membership, methods of admitting sophomores, correspondence related to buildings, operations, and fundraising, administrative and financial documents, and the minutes from club meetings, annual meetings, and Board of Governors meetings. The material reflects the history and operations of the club, both social and financial. It includes lists of undergraduates eligible for election to upperclass clubs, insights into club leadership, personal and general correspondence with members, documents showing income and expenses, changes in rules, by-laws, and the club constitution, and interactions with the Prospect Foundation and Graduate Inter-Club Council, among others. Subjects discussed in both meeting minutes and correspondence are additions to, furnishing and decorations of the club building, fees for membership and board, wedding gifts for members, holiday gifts for staff, bicker procedures, the cooperative buying plan of the 1920s, colors, hatbands and memorabilia, and so on.

Box 49 contains two bound notebooks of meeting minutes from 1903-1911 and 1920-1924. The rest of this material was received both loose and in three-ring binders. The material has been removed from its binders and kept in the order in which it was arranged. One binder included the Board of Governors meeting minutes for the years 1935-1939. One binder contained material from the years 1970 to 1973. There were three binders from the 1990s and early 2000s. One binder (with tabs, which have been retained) contained administrative information between 1992 and 1995, another contained administrative information mainly between 1995 and 1996, and a third contained material from between 1995 and 2002.

One 1938 property blueprint from this accrual was placed in Series 5: Blueprints, and two volumes, for 1905-1906 and 1909-1910, have been added to Series 3: Printed Material, Subseries E. Membership Rosters.


Arranged alphabetically by club.

Collection History


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. Finding aid updated by Valencia Johnson in September 2023.

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 copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. The Trustees of Princeton University hold copyright to all materials generated by Princeton University employees in the course of their work. For instances beyond Fair Use, if copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers do not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with use of materials from the Princeton University Archives.

For instances beyond Fair Use where the copyright is not held by the University, while permission from the Library is not required, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact 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:

Colonial Club; Eating Clubs Records, AC019, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Boxes 3-4; 30; 42; 48-49

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