- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
- Find Related Materials
- Princeton University. Library. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
- Princeton University Library Records
- Princeton University Archives
- Permanent URL:
- 1734-2017 (mostly 1952-1995)
- 634 boxes, 5 folders, 10 items, 87 Volumes, 1605 digital files, and 1 websites
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Boxes 1-635; 3A; S-000243; 149A; S-000141; S-000142; S-000140; S-000143; S-000139; S-000144
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
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.
This collection has been transferred from the Library to the University Archives in periodic installments.
Periodic transfers of records from the Library are expected indefinitely.
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. Series 21E was processed and added to the finding aid by Quin DeLaRosa in August 2022.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
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 and folder descriptions.
- 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
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:
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript LibrarySeeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA(609) 258-6345
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.
- 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