- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
- Find Related Materials
Collection Description & Creator Information
Files are arranged into several large categories: general, administration, annual giving, capital campaigns, donors, endowed professorships, and funds. Folders within each category are arranged alphabetically by topic or form except for capital campaigns, which is arranged chronologically by campaign.
- Custodial History
Varnum Lansing Collins, Class of 1892 and Secretary of Princeton University (1917-1936), created the Historical Subject Files Collection as a reference for his historical writing interests. An author of a history of the University and a guide to the campus and town, Collins collected a wide variety of materials pertaining to these topics. The files were transferred to the University Archives after its establishment in 1959.
As documents deemed appropriate for inclusion in the Historical Subject Files are accessioned by the University Archives, they are added to the collection and finding aid. A major contributor to the collection is the Communications Office, which provides copies of printed materials it produces for various campus offices.
Boxes 34 and 35, material created by the Department of Geosciences, have been removed and placed in AC139, the Department of Geosciences Records.
- Processing Information
Processed by Susan Hamson, Paris Makell '05, Matthew Reeder, and Rosalba Varallo with the assistance of John Adamo '07, Marilyn Agbeko '06, Samuel Clendon '07, Rodney Deavault '07, Emma Harper '08, Lindsey Huddle '07, Christina McMillan '07, Eric Meng '07, Devin Silva '06, Victor Wakefield '07, and Ian Withrow '05. in 2004-2005. Accession AR.2010.134 digital content processed by Elena Colon-Marrero in 2015.Accession AR.2018.003, Civil War memorial wall research material, processed by Phoebe Nobles in 2018.
Finding aid written by Matthew Reeder in 2005.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
- Conditions Governing 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.
- 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.
This collection contains digital materials. Researchers are responsible for meeting the technical requirements needed to access these materials, including any and all hardware and software.
- Credit this material:
General; Historical Subject Files Collection, AC109, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript LibrarySeeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 251