Contents and Arrangement

Alterations and additions to Van Dyke house, 1917

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The series is arranged thematically into four files according to their format type (i.e., drawing or photograph).

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).


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

The collection is open for research use, however access to the images is limited to campus domains only.

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.

Remote patrons who wish to view the "Princeton University Photographs" with Series 7, Beatrix Farrand Digital Images, must contact the Environmental Design Archives of the University of California at Berkeley, as the Environmental Design Archives holds the originals of these photographs and holds all rights to reproduction and use of the images.

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:

Alterations and additions to Van Dyke house; Princeton University Library Collection of Historical Subject Files, Grounds and Buildings, AC110, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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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.

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Farrand, Beatrix (1872-1959)