Contents and Arrangement Expanded View

Collection Overview

Creator:
Princeton university
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Undergraduate Alumni Records, 19th century
Repository:
Princeton University Archives
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/fn1071699
Dates:
1800-1899
Size:
203 boxes
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Boxes 63-262; Non-graduate card file
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of personal files of former undergraduate students of Princeton University. Information in each file varies greatly but can include the names of relatives, notable achievements and news items, address updates, and obituaries.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

Consists of personal files of former undergraduate students of Princeton University. Information in each file varies greatly but can include the names of relatives, notable achievements and news items, address updates, and obituaries.

Arrangement:

The collection consists of four series: Series 1 contains files from 1748 to 1799; and Series 2 contains files from 1800 to 1899; Series 3 contains files from 1900 to 1920; and Series 4 contains files with unknown dates.

Collection Creator Biography:

The College of New Jersey was initially chartered in 1746. The first classes were held in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in the parsonage of the president, the Reverend Jonathan Dickinson. Upon his death, the College moved to Newark, New Jersey, and was headed by the Reverend Aaron Burr, Sr. Since 1756, the College has been located in Princeton, New Jersey. For the first fifty years, nearly all College operations took place within Nassau Hall. Fires, fundraising difficulties, low student enrollment, and the Civil War challenged the vitality of the College in the early and middle nineteenth century, but the College grew vigorously under the leadership of President James McCosh, and it was renamed Princeton University in 1896. The Graduate School was established in 1900, although a limited graduate program had existed since the 1870s. Princeton enthusiastically supported the country (living up to its informal motto, "Princeton in the Nation's Service") during the First and Second World Wars, offering the expertise of faculty and campus space for training, as well as facilitating the early graduation of students so they could enlist. The post-World War II years brought dramatic changes to Princeton. The size and strength of the University's facilities and academic programs—especially for the applied sciences and public policy—were increased dramatically. Under President Robert Goheen, Princeton began to admit minority students in greater numbers in the 1960s and admitted women undergraduates in 1969. Today, Princeton is widely regarded as one of the top universities in the world.

Collection History

Processing Information:

Processing information for this collection is not currently available. Finding aid updated by Annalise Berdini in February 2018.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The 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:

Series 1 is available at Alumni Files, 1748-1920: Series 1.

Series 3 is available at Alumni Files, 1748-1920: Series 3.

Series 4 is available at Alumni Files, 1748-1920: Series 4.

A searchable index of undergraduate alumni files is also available: Undergraduate Alumni Database, 1748-1920.

Credit this material:

Undergraduate Alumni Records, 19th century; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/fn1071699
Location:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345