Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Biographical, 1888-1953

3 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The Biographical series contains correspondence, memoranda, lecture notes, printed material, press releases, reports, and other material relating to Raycroft's career as an instructor in the physical education department at the University of Chicago and his position as chairman of the Health and Physical Education Department at Princeton University. This series also includes material documenting Raycroft's role as president of the Board of Managers of the New Jersey State Hospital for the Insane, as well as his involvement in various associations and committees, including his membership in the 1932 and 1936 American Olympic Committees. Also included in this series is a copy of the earliest radiograph (x-ray) used for medical diagnosis taken in 1897 by Raycroft and Professor Michelson, as well as written reports on physical education within high schools and universities and the development of intramural athletics at Princeton University. Lecture notes on topics such as Using and Misusing our Minds, A Paying Investment and a lecture syllabus on hygiene in schools can be found in the writings section. Various printed material such as the Boston YMCA gymnasium manuals, notes, and pamphlets on recommended weekly exercises and instructions for those exercises also be found in the writings section. Photographs and memorabilia relating to the Olympics may be found in series 4.


Arranged alphabetically by topic and chronologically within each folder. Topics within this series are organized into three categories: personal correspondence, professional career, and writings.

Collection History

Custodial History

The Raycroft Papers were previously held in the Raycroft Library, which was dismantled in August or September 1972. Trophies and related material associated with Princeton athletics were given to the athletic department.


Appraisal has been conducted in accordance with Mudd Manuscript Library guidelines.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Rosalba Varallo with the assistance of Page Dykstra '06 in May 2005. Finding aid written by Rosalba Varallo in May 2005.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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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:

Series 1: Biographical; Joseph Raycroft Papers, AC146, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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Related Materials

The Raymond B. Fosdick Papers (MC#55) correspondence contains a small amount of letters relating to Raycroft's affiliation with the Commission on Training Camp Activities.

The Offprint Collection (AC#121) contains articles written by Joseph E. Raycroft in Box 40, Folder 31.

The Joseph E. Raycroft faculty file includes information about Raycroft during his tenure at Princeton University.


The faculty file of Joseph E. Raycroft and Alexander Leitch's A Princeton Companion were consulted during the preparation of the biographical note.

United States
United States
Princeton University
Fosdick, Raymond B. (Raymond Blaine) (1883-1972)
Raycroft, Joseph Edward, 1867-