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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Inspector's Records
Princeton University Archives
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2 boxes
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Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-2


The Inspector's records consist of reports, receipts, vouchers, accounts and some correspondence concerning repairs to student rooms and other buildings. The receipts and vouchers are mainly from craftsman who conducted the repairs. Little information concerning individual students or their accounts can be found in these records. The position of Inspector was instituted in 1767 and apparently lasted until the mid-19th century at which time it merged into the Treasurer's Office.

Collection Description & Creator Information


For the most part, the records contain reports, vouchers, accounts and other records relating to repairs for damages in students rooms or replacement for lost furnishings. In later years, it appears that the Inspector also oversaw repairs to faculty and administrative homes and offices as well. The typical folder will contain a report to the Trustee Committee of Repairs indicating monies paid to craftsman for repairs and a brief narrative as to the inspector's activities and status of his fund during that term. Receipts for monies paid to the craftsman are generally also present.


The Inspector's Records are arranged chronologically by academic year.

Collection History


These papers were originally part of the Pyne-Henry Collection, much of which is housed in the Manuscripts Division of the Special Collections section of Firestone Library. Moses Taylor Pyne (Class of 1877) was one of the most prolific benefactors to Princeton. His gifts of a vast collection of alumni papers, institution records and rare books, many collected in conjunction with his fellow Trustee Bayard Henry (Class of 1876), became the origins of the University's Special Collections, which includes the University Archives.

Custodial History

The Pyne-Henry Collection of manuscripts relating to Princeton and its alumni was formed in 1894. While some documents related to the history of the University, many related to the careers of significant alumni and this remains a part of the manuscript collection at the Manuscripts Division of Firestone Library. The Library assigned PH numbers to each document, and continued to so until 1909 (PH2082) when the Librarian changed the numbering of manuscripts to AM (for autograph manuscript). At some point other documents relating to Princeton's early history from other sources were added to what came to be known in the University Archives as the Pyne-Henry Collection.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John S. Riddle in Winter 1994-1995. Finding aid written by John S. Riddle in Winter 1994-1995.

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.

Credit this material:

Inspector's Records; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Materials

Many of the manuscripts and small collections of University records from the original Pyne-Henry donations are in the Pyne-Henry Collection in the University Archives while more extensive series of records, in addition to those here, can be found in:

Librarian Records

Steward and Refectory Records

Treasurer's Records

Subject Terms:
Building inspectors -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
College buildings -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- Maintenance and repair.
Dormitories -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- Furniture, equipment, etc.
Genre Terms:
Financial records.
Henry, Bayard, 1857-1926
Pyne, M. Taylor (Moses Taylor), 1855-1921