Contents and Arrangement

Subseries 12A: General Materials, 1877-1994

3 boxes
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Subseries 12A: General Materials, 1877-1994 [bulk: 1888-1932], is housed in boxes 40, 40A, 57, 238, and 239, the latter two comprising portraits. Biographical information is limited but does contain some interesting anecdotes, one of which is from a student from the class of 1899. A copy of an article about the David Swing trial is the only record from Patton's pre- Princeton years. Both his College of New Jersey and Princeton Theological Seminary inaugurations are documented, including a few letters about the preparations for these events. There is a copy of a paper on Patton's presidency from "The Aims of Education" course taught by President Harold T. Shapiro in the 1990s. There is also an article from The New York Observer that offers a complimentary perspective on Patton. Another item of interest can be found in the Honors/Portrait folder, in the form of a prayer that the then ex-president Patton offered when the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws was conferred on President Harding. The correspondence in this subseries is arranged in alphabetical order by author. If the author is unknown, the letter is filed under the addressee's name. There are numerous photographs of Patton, and it is interesting to note the change in his countenance, as his stark youthful features yielded to his older, kindlier appearance.


No arrangement action taken or arrangement information not recorded at the time of processing.

Collection History


No information on appraisal is available.


These papers were processed with the generous support of former Princeton University President Harold T. Shapiro, Charles Brothman '51, and the John Foster Dulles and Janet Avery Dulles Fund.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Carol V. Burke and Stacey C. Peeples in 2002. Finding aid written by Carol V. Burke and Stacey C. Peeples in 2002.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Materials generated by the office of the president are closed for 30 years from the date of their creation. Some records relating to personnel or students are closed for longer periods of time.

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.

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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:

Subseries 12A: General Materials; Office of the President Records : Jonathan Dickinson to Harold W. Dodds Subgroup, AC117, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Boxes 40, 40, 57