Contents and Arrangement Expanded View

Collection Overview

Princeton University. Library. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
Memorabilia Collection
Princeton University Archives
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1775-2010 (mostly 1866-1997)
227 boxes and 21 items
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Boxes 1-229; DO-000003; S-000270


This collection contains over 1,800 items including mugs, pipes, canes, banners, hatbands, pins, jewelry, and other material collected by many individuals that document reunions, sporting events, student traditions, and other aspects of University life.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The Memorabilia Collection has been rehoused, and the finding aid is in the process of being updated during August and September, 2021. As of August 6, box numbers in Series 6, 7, and 12 are not correct, and not all existing items have been incorporated into the finding aid yet.


The collection is arranged by broad category as follows: 250th Anniversary; Awards; Banners, Pennants, and Flags; Clothing; Dishware; Embossers; Grounds and Buildings; Medals; Pins and Ribbons; Athletic Equipment and Ephemera; Stamps, Paper and Desk Accessories; Smoking Accessories; Canes, Umbrellas, and Batons; Photographs, Paintings and Sculpture; Miniature Tigers; Metal Tags, License Plates and Key Chains; Fans and Personal Accessories.

Collection History


The collection was donated by hundreds of individuals over the course of several decades. Some individual items are marked with accession numbers which provide donor information.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Christina Aragon in 1998, Matt Brady in 1997, Joseph Faber in 1997, Sue-Jean Kim in 1996, Bogachin Sahin in 1998 from 1996-1998. Finding aid written by Christina Aragon in 1996-1998, Matt Brady in 1997, Joseph Faber in 1997, Sue-Jean Kim in 1996, Bogachin Sahin in 1998. Additions to the collection were made by Christie Peterson with assistance from Doug Newton '12 in July and August 2011.

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:

Memorabilia 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 1-229; DO-000003; S-000270