Subseries 1E: Ledgers, 1769-1930

75 Volumes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The Office of the Treasurer Records document the ongoing activities of Princeton's administrative office charged with custodianship of the University's finances. The records contain correspondence, annual reports, budgets, audited statements, and other materials which are related to the University's assets, investments, cash flow, and spending practices. The records often delve into minutiae, such as annual budgets for departments or campus organizations and approvals for spending. Despite this, when taken as a whole they provide a fairly comprehensive picture of the financial operations of a major American university in the twentieth century.

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


The ledgers are arranged chronologically and by type.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No information on appraisal is available.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Daniel Brennan with assistance from Joshua Muketha '10, Nick Cox '10, and Sarah Vitali '11 in summer 2008. Finding aid written by Daniel Brennan in October, 2008. Subseries 6B: Raymond Clark Chronological Files was added and the finding aid amended by Christie Peterson in September 2011. An inventory of ledgers was added in 2019 by Phoebe Nobles.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Materials older than 30 years that do not pertain to student academic performance or discipline, trustee issues, or faculty personnel matters are open. Materials in Series 8 are restricted for 75 years from the date of their creation due to the discussion of personnel issues.

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:

Many of these ledgers are oversized and/or fragile. Caution is advised when handling.

Credit this material:

Subseries 1E: Ledgers; Office of the Treasurer Records, AC128, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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