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Princeton University. Library. University Archives
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Course Examinations Collection
Princeton University Archives
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1833-1998, bulk 1871/1967
24 boxes and 2 items
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The course examinations collection consists of examination questions administered to applicants, undergraduates, and graduate students at Princeton University.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The course examinations collection consists of examination questions administered to applicants, undergraduates, and graduate students at Princeton University. With the exception of Series 4: Graded Examinations, only the questions are represented; no answers accompany them. The collection spans a wide range of dates, however the bulk of the examination questions date from the late 19th through mid 20th centuries, and nearly every academic department at the University is represented.

Collection History


Course examinations are continually added to this collection as they are donated to the University Archives.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No information on appraisal is available.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Christie Peterson with assistance from Suchi Mandavilli '14 in March 2011. Finding aid edited by Christie Peterson in March 2011. Finding aid updated by Lynn Durgin in June 2016.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Series 1 through 3 are open for research. All files in Series 4: Graded Examinations, 1935-1956 contain student records that are restricted for 75 years from date of creation or for the lifetime of the student.

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.

Credit this material:

Course Examinations Collection; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345

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Related Material:

The Princetoniana Collection (AC108) also contains examinations; their call numbers begin with P48. Researchers looking for examinations in a particular subject should also refer to the collections of departmental records, some of which contain old examinations.

Subject Terms:
College students -- Examinations.
Genre Terms:
Princeton university