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Princeton University. Humanities Council.
Humanities Council Records
Princeton University Archives
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6 boxes, 1 websites, and .03 GB
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-6


The Council of the Humanities was founded in 1953 at Princeton University to foster teaching, research and intellectual exchange. Consists of materials collected and generated by the Council of the Humanities, including materials pertaining to the Ford Foundation Project.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of materials collected and generated by the Council of the Humanities. Much of these materals pertain to the Ford Foundation Project, including grant reports, manuscripts, and correspondence with the various authors and scholars involved. Also included are collected student academic records pre-dating the formation of the Council; Council minutes; numerous drafts of the Council's 10-year plan from 1965; the Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity's archived website and electronic records; and the Council's archived website.


The Council of the Humanities Records are organized into the following series:

Collection Creator Biography:

Princeton University. Humanities Council.

The Council of the Humanities was founded in 1953 at Princeton University to foster teaching, research and intellectual exchange. Its name was changed to the Princeton University Humanities Council in the 2000s. The Council brings together students, faculty, guest scholars, writers and artists in a wide variety of venues and sponsors a broad range of interdisciplinary courses, programs and initiatives, including the creative arts, media studies and the Society of Fellows. In the 1960s with a generous grant from the Ford Foundation, the Council of Humanities undertook a project to appraise American humanistic scholarship in the preceding decades. Thirty-five scholars participated, resulting in the fifteen-volume series The Princeton Studies: Humanistic Studies in America.

Collection History


The materials were internally transferred over the course of multiple accessions, the first of which having been acquired prior to 2011.

The most recent accession, AR.2022.035, occurred in August 2021 and contributes electronic records documenting the Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity.

Processing Information

Container lists were created, series established and the finding aid was updated by Christie Peterson with the assistance of Eleanor Wright '14 in November 2010. Series 4 added by Lynn Durgin in October 2017. Series 4 updated by Valencia L. Johnson in October 2017. Electronic records from the Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity described in Series 2 by Quin DeLaRosa in 2022.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Files older than 30 years that do not contain student educational records, faculty personnel matters or trustee issues are open.

All files in Series 1: Student Academic Records and some files in Series 2: Program Records contain student academic records and are closed for 75 years from date of file creation or for the lifetime of the student.

Some files in Series 3: Ford Foundation Project contain faculty personnel records and are closed for 75 years from the date of creation.

Restrictions beyond 30 years are noted in the relevant series and folder descriptions.

Series 4: Websites are open for research.

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.

Credit this material:

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

Permanent URL:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-6

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Subject Terms:
Humanities -- Endowments.
Humanities -- Research grants.
Humanities -- Study and teaching -- 20th century.
Genre Terms:
Web sites.
Ford foundation
Princeton University
Schlatter, Richard, 1912-1987