Contents and Arrangement Expanded View

Collection Overview

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Scrapbook Collection
Princeton University Archives
Permanent URL:
1843-1954 (mostly 1860-1920)
340 boxes and 2 items
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Boxes 1-338; S-000262; S-000311; S-000307


This collection contains scrapbooks created by Princeton students which document their social and academic activities while undergraduates.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The scrapbook collection consists of scrapbooks maintained by students. It documents the social and academic activities of Princeton undergraduates. By their very nature, scrapbooks are idiosyncratic, but generally they contain mementos relating to athletic events (such as tickets, programs, printed cheers, ribbons, and buttons), reunions, or life as a Princeton undergraduate. Items in this last category include senior questionnaires, exam questions, admission materials, posters, ephemera from social organizations and clubs, postcards, flyers, photographs, and letters. Frequently newspaper clippings, orchestra, opera, or play programs and tickets, pressed flowers, or three-dimensional items are found. Some scrapbooks include materials about Princeton University added after the individual graduated.

These scrapbooks, individually and in total, provide insight into undergraduate life at Princeton, as they document what students valued enough to preserve. Also, the social history of the college is revealed as mementos of the full range of student life and the importance of athletics, drama, musical groups, journalism, travel, theatre, as well as academics are found. Because of the large number of scrapbooks from the 1870s through 1920, the changing interests and tastes of students over time are revealed.

The condition of the books vary greatly. Some Princetonians whose scrapbooks are found in this collection include Hobey Baker, Ivy L. Lee, Henry Fairfield Osborn, Moses Taylor Pyne, John Hinsdale Scheide, and William Berryman Scott.


The scrapbooks are arranged chronologically by class year and then alphabetically.

Collection History


The scrapbooks were donated by alumni and family of alumni over the course of several decades.


Appraisal information was not recorded at time of processing.

Processing Information

This finding aid was updated by Lynn Durgin in April 2017. Updated by Phoebe Nobles in 2022.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

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:

Scrapbook Collection; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
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 (scamudd): Boxes 1-338; S-000262; S-000311; S-000307