Contents and Arrangement

Series 3, Deans' Subject Files, 1895-1993

21 boxes
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series contains correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, articles, and clippings primarily from the 1930s to the 1960s. These records encompass the tenures of Deans Andrew Fleming West, Augustus Trowbridge, Luther P. Eisenhart, Hugh Stott Taylor, Donald Ross Hamilton, and Colin S. Pittendrigh and also include one report from 1980. For the most part, the series consists of subject files maintained by the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School. The bulk of these files were kept as a record series that overlapped the terms of the new and old deans; however some records of Dean West, Dean Hamilton and Dean Pittendrigh were kept separately. Deans Hamilton and Pittendrigh's records were integrated into the other Dean's files, while Dean West's records have been kept as a separate series (See Series 2). This was done because West's papers had been partially processed and consisted of chronologically organized correspondence files and writings while Deans Hamilton and Pittendrigh's files consisted primarily of subject files. Files in this series are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Subjects from the early days of the Graduate School include Merwick, the first graduate student residence, and reminiscences of what it was like living there; the Carillon housed in Cleveland Tower and decisions about its purchase and construction; and the Wyman bequest, including an original copy of the will of Isaac C. Wyman who bequeathed his entire estate for the enhancement of the Graduate School. For more information relating to the initial years of the Graduate School researchers should consult Series 1, 2, 4, and 7 as well.

Other subjects covered in this series include the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni (APGA) and the educational conferences it held from 1949 to 1964; various committees such as the Committee on Computer Science and the Inter-University Committee on Travel Grants which supported "university-administered study and research-related travel in exchange with the Soviet Union and the countries of East Central Europe;" student housing deficiencies; departmental surveys; fellowships; travel grants; and the Loan Fund which was a general term for both Princeton-generated and foundation-generated funding. There are also correspondence files for individuals such as President Robert F. Goheen and Treasurer Ricardo Mestres.

This series contains a good deal of information related to post-World War II expansion and the influx of graduate students via the G.I. Bill and through extended learning programs sponsored by the U.S. Armed Forces. Files include correspondence with representatives of the various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and the Veteran's Administration and memoranda from professors concerned about the qualifications of candidates.

There are records related to foreign students and assorted programs of international exchange, including the U.S. Department of State Exchange Visitor Program and the Russian Exchange in the early 1960s which give insight into the Cold War anxiety that existed at the time. This series also contains material regarding immigration, from the 1920s to the 1950s and concerns about the credentials of foreign applicants.

Material related to the Graduate College is organized under this primary heading and consists of subjects related to the physical buildings and land of the Graduate School and their upkeep. Included are items pertaining to dedication ceremonies, physical planning, space layout, parking, furnishings and decorations, and room assignments. There is also material on the House Committee, which is the student governing body for the Graduate College. One should also consult the Grounds and Buildings records and the Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds and Buildings Series, in the Princeton University Archives for other files relating to the Graduate College.

This series also contains material related to World War I and World War II. There is correspondence during World War I to Howard Crosby Butler, Master-in-Residence of the College, from servicemen who were former students of the Graduate School. During World War II Mrs. Luther P. Eisenhart, the Dean's wife, sent out a monthly newsletter to all former graduate students serving in the Armed Forces. She received many letters and postcards in response, and both the newsletters and responses are represented in this series. There is also correspondence between Dean Eisenhart and various branches of the armed forces regarding military training programs at Princeton.

Researchers should note that some material in this series has been restricted for 75 years from date of creation of the record. Such material includes student academic and financial records, which were mixed in with correspondence.



Collection History


Appraisal was conducted in accordance with University Archives procedures.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Tom Rosko and Ben Primer in 1997. Additional materials processed by Pete Asch in 2008. Finding aid written by Tom Rosko, Ben Primer in 1997. Boxes 59-61 (AR.1998.065) added in January 2011 by Christie Peterson with assistance from Suchi Mandavilli. 2017 accession including boxes 72-74 processed by Annalise Berdini in 2018. Arthur Bigelow Papers found in stacks and added by Phoebe Nobles in November 2018. Finding aid updated by Phoebe Nobles in 2018.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Materials older than 30 years that do not pertain to student academic performance or discipline, trustee issues, or faculty personnel matters are open. Subseries 8C and Subseries 8E contain faculty or student records that are restricted for 75 years from date of creation. See Subseries 8C and 8E access restriction notes for details.

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.

This collection contains materials acquired from an Apple iMac desktop computer running OS X 10.9 ("Mavericks"). Researchers are responsible for meeting the technical requirements needed to access these materials, including any and all hardware and software.

Credit this material:

Series 3, Deans' Subject Files; Graduate School Records, AC127, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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