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Collection Overview

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princetoniana Collection
Princeton University Archives
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circa 1870-2009
850 linear feet


Each volume or set of volumes in the Princetoniania Collection is represented in the Princeton University Library Main Catalog, which is searchable by title, author, or call number.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The Princetoniana Collection is a set of over 1000 books, manuscripts, pamphlets, papers, and other collected materials relating to Princeton University. Nearly every aspect of the University's life from the time of its founding to the modern era is represented to some degree in the Princetoniana Collection. Historical surveys, biographies, and University releases such as the Official Register and the Nassau Herald are all represented in the Princetoniana Collection.


Each volume or set of volumes in the Princetoniania Collection is represented in the Princeton University Library Main Catalog, which is searchable by title, author, or call number.

Collection History


The items which formed the basis of the Princetoniana Collection were previously held in Firestone Library's Princetoniana Room. In 1972, the bulk of this collection was moved from this space and transferred to the Library Annex in Fine Hall while certain items remained in the Department of Rare Books. In 1977, books in call number range P00-P93 were transferred to Mudd Library. In 1991, Princeton-related items from the remaining P94-P999 books were picked from the Annex location and brought to Mudd.

Custodial History

The core group of items which formed the basis of the Princetoniana Collection were originally housed in the Princetoniana Room (later known as the Robert Taylor Room) in Firestone Library. In 1972 the Princetoniana books were transferred to the Fine Hall Annex library.


Materials which fit the scope of the collection are added periodically.


Numerous duplicates of University publications have been removed from the main collection, but are still held onsite at Mudd Library.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dan Brennan in May 2009. Finding aid written by Daniel Brennan in September 2009.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. The Trustees of Princeton University hold copyright to all materials generated by Princeton University employees in the course of their work. For instances beyond Fair Use, if copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers do not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with use of materials from the Princeton University Archives.

For instances beyond Fair Use where the copyright is not held by the University, while permission from the Library is not required, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Princetoniana 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

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Related Materials

The books and other items in the P Collection provide a comprehensive view of the University's history through primary sources and historical research. Nearly every collection in the University Archives can be supplemented in some way by works from the Princetoniana Collection. For instance, those researching specific alumni will find yearbooks and directories helpful; researchers interested in campus grounds and buildings will find a variety of pictorial works on that topic; and publications such as the Nassau Literary Magazine and the Tiger offer insight into general student life, the institutional context of which is provided by the rules, regulations, and academic plans laid out in the Official Register.

Other Finding Aids

In addition to the Princeton University Main catalog, a LibGuide to the collection describing major topical areas and specific volumes is available online.

Princeton University. Alumni and alumnae.
Princeton University. Athletics.
Princeton University. Catalogs.
Princeton University. History.
Princeton University. Sources.