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Collection Overview

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Honorary Degree Records
Princeton University Archives
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Consists of files pertaining to honorary degree recipients throughout Princeton University's history.

Collection Description & Creator Information


Files are arranged alphabetically by last name. While not every individual who has ever been awarded an honorary degree is represented by a file, the vast majority are. Files typically contain biographical information, information about the degree type and the year it was awarded, and in the case of more recent recipients some correspondence and photographs. Also in the collection is the William K. Selden manuscript, "A History of Honorary Degrees at Princeton University 1748-1987" and a series of index cards listing recipients by year.

Collection History

Processing Information:

Container lists for this collection were created by Christie Peterson with assistance from Suchi Mandavilli '14 and Eleanor Wright '14 in December 2011. Finding aid updated by Christie Peterson in December 2011. 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:

Honorary degree recipients are searchable as part of the Honorary Degree Index.

Credit this material:

Honorary Degree Records; 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

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Related Material:

Photographs of many of the honorary degree recipients can be found in the Historic Photograph Collection Individuals Series (AC067) or the Campus Life Series (AC112).

Subject Terms:
Degrees, Academic -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
Princeton university