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, bulk 1866/1997
191 boxes and 47 items
Storage Note:

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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 clothing group includes handkerchiefs, hatbands, and neckties. Dishware includes plates, mugs, beer cans, and bottles, as well as ashtrays, cigarette cases, and class day pipes. The grounds and building memorabilia contains pieces of buildings, keys, and bells. (Some of the larger silver cups listed on the item list are stored in the vault. These are designated with a V in the box category.) The Medals series contains medals. The Pins series consists of patches, and pins, ribbons. The Stamps Series includes stamps, pins, a plaque, and an umbrella. The Miscellaneous series includes jewelry, canes and fans. (Some of memorabilia items are on permanent display at Mudd Library and the location of these is noted in the box category.) Some items are stored in a box from a different series simply because of size limitations. For instance, a metal tobacco sign is stored in the Sports series, Sports, simply because it did not fit in any of the tobacco boxes.


The collection is arranged by broad category as follows: 250th Anniversary; Awards; Clothing; Dishware; Grounds and Buildings; Banners and Pennants; Embossers; Medals; Miscellaneous; Pins and Ribbons; Sports; Stamps; and Tobacco Within each grouping, materials are arranged by type of item, for the most part. For example, all mugs are placed together within the Dishware group.

Collection History


The collection was donated by hundreds of individuals over the course of several decades and continues to grow each year as additional items are received. Many individual items are marked with accession numbers which provide donor information..

Archival Appraisal 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 '12in July and August 2011.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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.

Other Finding Aids:

In addition to these two lists, the information is contained in a database which can be keyword searched: Princeton Memorabilia Collection.

Credit this material:

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

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