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Collection Overview

Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
Title:
Princeton University Library Records
Repository:
Princeton University Archives
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/9s1616192
Dates:
1734-2017 (mostly 1952-1995)
Size:
634 boxes, 5 folders, 10 items, 87 Volumes, 1605 digital files, and 1 websites
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Boxes 1-633; 3A; 149A
Language:
English

Abstract

The Princeton University Library is one of the foremost university libraries in the world. With collections totaling over 12 million volumes, manuscripts, and nonprint items spread across fifteen buildings, the Princeton University Library system serves not only the Princeton University community but the world at large. The Princeton University Library Records consist of the files of the University Librarian and other Library administrators and departments, as well as of the Friends of the Princeton University Library. Materials in the record group include correspondence, reports, publications, clippings, minutes, press releases, proposals, statistics, photographs and other audiovisual materials, and microfilm. The records document the Library's day-to-day operations as well as its involvement with other departments on campus, other college and university libraries, and library users.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The Princeton University Library Records consists of the files of the University Librarian and other Library administrators and departments, as well as of the Friends of the Princeton University Library. Materials in the record group include correspondence, reports, publications, clippings, minutes, press releases, proposals, statistics, photographs and other audiovisual materials, and microfilm. The records document the Library's day-to-day operations as well as its involvement with other departments on campus, other college and university libraries, and library users.

There is a significant amount of overlap among the series. Series 1 (University Librarian) in particular contains information that can be found in or complements material in most other series. Overall, the records of the Princeton University Library are particularly useful for research into the role and responsibilities of the University Librarian and other administrative staff; the structure and operations of the Library; cooperation between the Library and internal organizations such as the Friends of the Library as well as Princeton administrators, faculty and academic departments; changes in the field of library science, including computing and technology, in library architecture and design, as well as in fields of academic study that have affected the Library.

Please see series descriptions in contents list for additional information about individual series.

Collection History

Acquisition:

This collection has been transferred from the Library to the University Archives in periodic installments.

Additions:

Periodic transfers of records from the Library are expected indefinitely.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No information on appraisal is available.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Christie Lutz, Daniel Brennan, David Ault, Rutgers University '08, Mercy Chesiror '10, Samuel Clendon '07, Sophia Echavarria '09, Christina McMillan '07, Joshua Muketha '10, Sarah Vitali '11, and Porter White '08 between September 2006 and October 2007. Finding aid written by Christie Lutz and Daniel Brennan in October 2007. Additional material integrated and finding aid updated by Christie Peterson with assistance from Ameena Schelling '12 in November 2010-January 2011. Series 14: John Foster Dulles Oral History Project Records was added and finding aid updated by Christie Peterson with assistance from Doug Newton '12, Suchi Mandvilli '14, and Eleanor Wright '14 in July-October 2011. Digital materials were processed by Elena Colon-Marrero in June 2015. Series 20 was processed by Jarrett M. Drake in January 2016. Series 4F was processed by Valencia L. Johnson in October 2017. Series 22 added by Valencia L. Johnson in December 2017. Series 11 addition processed and finding aid updated by Annalise Berdini in March 2018. Series 22 and 23 processed and updated by Valencia L. Johnson in June 2018. Additions found in repository processed and finding aid updated by Phoebe Nobles in August 2019.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Material older than 30 years that does not pertain to personnel issues is open for research use. Restrictions beyond 30 years have been noted in the relevant series descriptions and in the folder list.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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.

Special Requirements for Access:

This collection contains materials created, used, or maintained in a variety of computing environments. Researchers are responsible for meeting the technical requirements needed to access these materials, including any and all hardware and software.

Credit this material:

Princeton University Library Records; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/9s1616192
Location:
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 Material:

As one of Princeton University's largest entities, nearly all University administrative records held at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library relate to the University Library in some way. These various record groups are particularly valuable for demonstrating how the Library relates to differing elements of the Princeton University community, including upper-level administration (Office of the President Records, Office of the Provost Records), academic departments (Department of Art and Archaeology Records, School of Engineering and Applied Science Records), and Alumni (President's Program Records). Technical records and subject files which document the evolution of the Library's facilities are also available in several collections (Grounds and Buildings Historical Subject Files, Office of Physical Planning Records).

The personal papers of some prominent figures in the history of the Princeton University Library are also available in the Special Collections. These include the William S. Dix Papers (University Archives), the Elmer Adler Papers (Manuscript Division), the Howard C. Rice Correspondence with Alexander Wainwright (Manuscript Division), the Julian P. Boyd Papers (Manuscript Division), the Ernest Cushing Richardson Collection (Manuscript Division), and the Selected Papers of Maurice Kelley (Manuscript Division).

An overview of University Library activities can be obtained from the Annual Reports of the President, as well as editions of the Library Handbook. Numerous printed volumes also document specific collections and aspects of Library history, and are cataloged individually in the Library's main catalog.

Publication Note:

In the composition of this finding aid's history section, the following works were consulted: Berberian, Kevork R., Princeton University Library, 1746-1980, 1980 Dix, William S., "The Princeton University Library in the Eighteenth Century," 1978 Leitch, Alexander, A Princeton Companion, 1978 The Princeton University Library Chronicle (multiple editions) The Princeton Alumni Weekly (multiple editions) Annual Report of the President, 1986

Subject Terms:
Academic Librarians - New Jersey - Princeton
Academic Libraries - New Jersey - Princeton
Academic Library Directors - New Jersey - Princeton
Universities and Colleges - Administration - New Jersey - Princeton
Genre Terms:
Born digital.
Web sites.
Names:
Princeton University. Library
Princeton University. Library. Buildings.
Princeton University. Library. Catalogs.
Princeton University. Library. Cotsen Children's Library.
Princeton University. Library. Employees. Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Princeton University. Library. Friends.
Princeton University. Library. History.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Boyd, Julian P. (Julian Parks), 1903-1980
Dix, William S.
Gerould, James Thayer, 1872-1951
Heyl, Lawrence, 1893-
Kelley, Maurice, 1903-1996
Koepp, Donald W., 1929-
Lindsley, Philip, 1786-1855
Ludwig, Richard M., 1920-
Richardson, Ernest Cushing, 1860-1939
Vinton, Frederic, 1817-1890