- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
- Find Related Materials
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Lecture Notes Collection
- Princeton University Archives
- Permanent URL:
- 80 boxes
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-80
This collection contains over 600 sets of student notes taken from lectures given by members of Princeton's faculty. They represent the broad range of courses taught at Princeton University (known as the College of New Jersey prior to 1896) and include the works of numerous famous faculty and students.
Collection Description & Creator Information
This collection contains student notes taken from lectures given by members of Princeton's faculty. They represent the broad range of courses taught at Princeton University. From the notes one can acquire a sense of student academic interests, advances in learning, and the increased specialization of courses.
Some of the lecture notes are very thorough documents while others are brief. Most of the notes are handwritten in lined, bound notebooks or on typical notebook paper. Examples from the early 19th century often include ink drawings and even watercolors to illustrate such things as scientific apparatus (see Frederick Giger's notes for Joseph Henry's Natural Philosophy in 1840) or the Greek classical orders (see Charles Shield's notes for Albert Dod's Architecture in 1842). Researchers can track the evolution of certain frequently reappearing courses over time. Examples include Joseph Henry's Natural Philosophy, with notes from 1835 to 1857, James McCosh's Psychology, with notes from 1869 to 1881, and Albert Friend's Northern Renaissance, with notes from 1939 to 1950. Changes in pedagogy are also reflected; courses in the 20th century with defined subjects such as mathematics and physics fell under the rubric of Natural Philosophy during the 19th century. Generalized history and literature courses later become specialized, as in Professor Eric Goldman's History of American Liberalism or Professor Carlos Baker's Romantic Movement in English Literature.
Aside from five university presidents (Hibben, Maclean, McCosh, Smith, and Wilson), there are numerous famous faculty represented in the collection, including Stephen Alexander, Lyman Atwater, Carlos Baker, Cyril Black, Cyrus Fogg Brackett, Hadley Cantril, John Duffield, Donald Egbert, Frank Fetter, Arnold Guyot, Walter "Buzzer" Hall, Joseph Henry, Edwin Kemmerer, Charles Rufus Morey, Erwin Panofsky, and Thomas Jefferson Wertenbaker. Some well-known students include John Maclean, William Magie, John Duffield, and John Hibben. The collection includes the lecture notes of one nineteenth-century woman, Louisa B. Maclean, niece of President Maclean, who sat in on James Murray's English Literature in 1878.
Appraisal information was not recorded at time of processing.
- Processing Information
This collection was processed by Christine Kitto in 2002-03, with the assistance of Elizabeth Miller '06, Will Taylor '04, Caterina Teuscher '03, and Elona Toska '05. Finding aid written by Christine Kitto, Elizabeth Miller '06, Will Taylor '04, Caterina Teuscher '03, and Elona Toska '05 in March 2002. Additions were processed and the finding aid was amended by Christie Peterson with assistance from Eleanor Wright '14 in March and April 2011. AR.2013.128 processed by Annalise Berdini in June 2018. Finding aid updated with multiple accessions by Phoebe Nobles in 2022.
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:
Lecture Notes Collection; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript LibrarySeeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA(609) 258-6345
- Subject Terms:
- Lecture method in teaching -- 18th century.
Lectures and lecturing -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
- Genre Terms:
- Lecture notes.
- Princeton University
Princeton University Faculty.
Alexander, Stephen, 1806-1883
Atwater, Lyman Hotchkiss, 1813-1883
Baker, Carlos, 1909-1987
Black, Cyril E. (Cyril Edwin), 1915-1989
Brackett, Cyrus Fogg, 1833-1915
Cantril, Hadley, 1906-1969
Dod, Albert B. (Albert Baldwin), 1805-1845
Egbert, Donald Drew, 1902-1973
Fetter, Frank A. (Frank Albert), 1863-1949
Guyot, A. (Arnold), 1807-1884
Hall, Walter Phelps, 1884-1962
Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878
Hibben, John Grier, 1861-1933
Kemmerer, Edwin Walter, 1875-1945
Maclean, John, 1800-1886
Magie, William Francis, 1858-1943
Marquand, Allan, 1853-1924.
McCosh, James, 1811-1894
Morey, Charles Rufus, 1877-1955
Panofsky, Erwin, 1892-1968.
Smith, Samuel Stanhope, 1750-1819
Wertenbaker, Thomas Jefferson, 1879-1966
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.
Witherspoon, John, 1723-1794