- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
- Find Related Materials
- Princeton University. Office of Princeton's 250th Anniversary.
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Princeton University 250th Anniversary Celebration Collection
- Princeton University Archives
- Permanent URL:
- 105 boxes, 4 folders, and 1 websites
- Storage Note:
This collection is stored at Mudd Manuscript Library and ReCAP.
The 250th anniversary of Princeton's founding as the College of New Jersey in 1746, also known by the coined term "Bicennquinquagenary", was celebrated in 1996-1997 with a yearlong series of events. The collection consists of the records of the office in charge of organizing all 250th anniversary celebration activities, as well as examples of the many publications, event programs, invitations, posters, audio and visual recordings, and commemorative artifacts created in conjunction with those activities.
Collection Description & Creator Information
Consists of the records of the office in charge of organizing all 250th anniversary celebration activities, as well as examples of the many publications, event programs, invitations, posters, audio and visual recordings, and commemorative artifacts created in conjunction with those activities.
- Collection Creator Biography:
The 250th anniversary of Princeton's founding as the College of New Jersey in 1746, also known by the coined term "Bicennquinquagenary", was celebrated in 1996-1997 with a yearlong series of events that included an elaborate fireworks display on alumni day (repeated every year since), the publication of a coffee table book Princeton: The First 250 Years, the creation of a documentary film Images of a University, the commissioning and performance of an original orchestral work Ringing Changes, the issuance of a commemmorative stamp by the United States Postal Service, the flying of an anniversary banner during a space shuttle mission, and numerous concerts, conferences, and speeches by noted faculty, alumni, and dignitaries.
The bulk of this collection was transferred from the Office of Princeton's 250th Anniversary upon its closure. Additional accessions have included AR.1997.013, AR.1997.086, AR.2000.066, AR.2002.018, and AR.2008.015.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
Appraisal has been conducted in accordance with Mudd Library guidelines. Duplicate publications, printed materials, artifacts, and recordings have been deaccessioned. Phone message books from the Office of Princeton's 250th Anniversary, sales material for vendors interested in doing business with the office, and a very small amount of materials unrelated to Princeton have also been deaccessioned. Non-duplicative Princeton-related materials predating the 250th anniversary celebration have been transferred to the Princeton Memorabilia Collection, the Princeton Artwork Collection, the Audiovisual Collection and the Historic Photograph Collection. Records from a conference held by the Department of History in May 1996, From Redemption to Reaganism: American Conservatism 1865-1980, have been transferred to the Department of History Records. A detailed separation record is available.
- Processing Information:
This collection was processed by Christie Peterson with assistance from Eleanor Wright '14 in March 2011. Finding aid updated n by Christie Peterson in April 2011.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
This collection is open for reasearch with the exception of one file in box 15 of Series 1: Office of Princeton's 250th Anniversary Records, 1993-1997 contains student records that are restricted for 75 years from date of creation or for the lifetime of the student.
- 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:
Series 5: Audio, Motion Picture and Video Recordings contains recordings in a variety of analog formats. Access to this material follows the Mudd Manuscript Library policy for preservation and access to audiovisual materials.
- Other Finding Aids:
Full text searching of the Undergraduate Student Goverment archived website is available through the ArchiveIt interface.
- Credit this material:
Princeton University 250th Anniversary Celebration Collection; 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
- Subject Terms:
- Anniversaries -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
Rites and ceremonies -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
Universities and colleges -- Anniversaries, etc.
- Genre Terms:
Motion pictures (visual work)
- Princeton university
Dams, Bernd H.