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Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
Title:
Princeton University Library Collection of Historical Subject Files, Grounds and Buildings
Repository:
Princeton University Archives
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/xw42n7895
Dates:
1802-2000
Size:
21 boxes, 342 items, and 20 digital files
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Boxes 1-20; 5A
Language:
English

Abstract

The Princeton University Library Collection of Historical Subject Files, Grounds and Buildings contains information relating to the buildings, grounds, and architects of Princeton University. The collection also includes information on the development of the campus and the various chronologies of construction and land acquisition that have been gathered.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The Princeton University Library Collection of Historical Subject Files, Grounds and Buildings contains information relating to the buildings, grounds, and architects of Princeton University. The collection also includes information on the development of the campus and the various chronologies of construction and land acquisition that have been gathered. The collection contains photocopies from university publications (most notably The Nassau Lit, The Daily Princetonian, The Princeton College Bulletin, The Princeton Weekly Bulletin, and the Princeton Alumni Weekly) and regional newspapers (including The New York Times, The Princeton Herald, The Princeton Packet, and Town Topics) about University buildings, grounds, and architects of Princeton University. Other printed materials include insurance surveys, press releases from the Department of Public Information, and programs from dedication ceremonies. Less frequently, there are general interoffice correspondence; schematic floor plans; student papers; excerpts from books on architects; excerpts from the Trustees Minutes; campus maps or diagrams; bibliographic references; and invitations to ceremonies.

This collection also contains information pertaining to several buildings in the town that have been connected with the University in some way – some owned by the University, some owned by faculty members, some tied by the University through historical events. There is also a limited amount of information on the buildings used or owned by the privately operated eating clubs on Prospect Avenue.

The coverage of the collection is weakest for the earliest and most recent buildings, with the exception of Nassau Hall. The construction booms under Presidents McCosh (1868-1888) and Hibben (1910-1932) enjoy a proportionate amount of documentation. The selections from the "Olla-Podrida" in The Nassau Lit, in the late 19th century, are a gold mine of student opinion on the buildings from that time.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:

Series 1, 2 and 4 are arranged alphabetically by the name of the building (the word "hall" has been omitted so that Alexander Hall will be found as "Alexander.") Series 3 is arranged alphabetically by the last name of the person. Series 4 and 6 are arranged alphabetically by the topic of the file.

Collection History

Custodial History

Varnum Lansing Collins, Class of 1892 and Secretary of the University (1917-1936), started the Historical Subject Files 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. Eventually the files were transferred to the University Archives where staff continue to add to established files and create new headings. Originally stored in vertical filing cabinets, when files pertaining to particular topics grew significantly, they were removed to separate boxes. Over time, archives staff have removed multi-box portions concerning a single subject from the main body of files. The Department of Grounds and Buildings Files is one example. Many of the papers within the Department of Grounds and Buildings Files have been annotated by Collins, Earle Coleman (former University Archivist), or Gerald Breese (author of Princeton University Land, 1756-1984).

Appraisal

No information on appraisal is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Sara Bush in summer 1994. Finding aid written by Sara Bush in summer 1994. A group of dedication books, accession AR.2019.022, added by Phoebe Nobles in 2022.

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:

Princeton University Library Collection of Historical Subject Files, Grounds and Buildings; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/xw42n7895
Location:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Boxes 1-20; 5A

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Related Materials

The materials within each file are by no means exhaustive. More detailed information on the process of construction or renovation of some of these buildings is available in the Department of Grounds and Buildings Technical Correspondence Files. Researchers interested in further information are encouraged to consult the Trustees Minutes; the Historical Subject Files (especially the files on Princeton Borough); the Oversize Architectural Drawings; The Princeton Alumni Weekly (also an excellent source for photographic information); Alexander Leitch's A Princeton Companion (1978); Thomas Wertenbaker's Princeton, 1746-1896 (1946); Constance Grieff's Princeton Architecture (1967); Gerald Breese's Princeton University Land, 1756-1984 (1986); and the 1981 survey of Princeton by the Joint Historical Sites Commission.

Subject Terms:
Architects -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
Architecture -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
Buildings -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
Landscape architecture -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
Outdoor sculpture -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
Genre Terms:
Correspondence
Files.
Names:
Princeton University
Farrand, Beatrix (1872-1959)
Places:
Nassau Hall (Princeton, N.J.)
Princeton (N.J.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.