- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
- Find Related Materials
- Princeton University. Undergraduate Student Government.
- Princeton University. Library. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
- Undergraduate Student Government Records
- Princeton University Archives
- Permanent URL:
- 1962-2018 (mostly 1982-1997)
- 6 boxes and 6 items
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-6
The Undergraduate Student Government (USG), established in 1975, was founded on the principles of representation and independence fostered during the student agitation and institutional reforms of the previous decade. The bulk of the collection consists of the records and publications of the Undergraduate Student Government from 1982 to 1997. Campaign and publicity records from the Princeton University Democrats, and student activism files from the office of Princeton University Professor Stanley Kelley are included in the collection as well.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of records and publications of the Undergraduate Student Government from 1982 to 1997. Campaign and publicity materials from the Princeton University Democrats, and student activism files from the office of Professor Stanley Kelley are included in the collection as well as the records of Jeffrey Siegel, Class of 1998, who served on the Undergraduate Student Government for four years.
Later additions to the records include a 2012 USG Mid-Year Report, drafts of a 2013 revision to the USG Constitution, and the USG public website from 2015.
- Collection Creator Biography:
In the 1960s, students made the connection between political activism on the national level and political activism on the campus level. At Princeton, the University administration's perceived inaccessibility (as well as its support for Vietnam War defense projects) in the face of student and faculty outcry, led students to view their administrators and the United States government with similar hostility and suspicion.
In 1969, student and faculty pressure led to the establishment of the Council of the Princeton University Community, an influential and representative campus governing body. A further outgrowth of the unrest and institutional reforms of the late 1960s was the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), which was launched in 1975 and claimed ownership over student-related campus issues. The pre-existent Academics and Social Committees, as well as the Projects Board, assumed more influence within the new structure of student government. The Academics Committee published the student-written Student Course Guide every semester, and its members served on the University's Committee on the Course of Study. The Social Committee organized concerts, lectures, and parties. And the Projects Board distributed thousands of dollars in funds every year to student groups, enabling them to finance projects and events. Though the structure of the Undergraduate Student Government has been adjusted over the years, its organization and authority have remained relatively constant since 1975.
Donated in 2000 by Jeffrey S. Siegal, Class of 1998 (Accession # AR2000-135).
Series 4, a 2012 Mid-Year Report, was transferred to the University Archives in 2012 (AR.2012.141).
Series 6, drafts of the 2013 revision to the Constitution, was donated in 2017 by Zhan Okuda-Lim, Class of 2015 (AR.2017.121).
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No materials have been separated from this collection.
- Processing Information:
This collection was processed by Matthew Reeder and Onur Erdem '04 in November 2002. Finding aid written by Matthew Reeder and Onur Erdem in November 2002.
Container list for Series 3 created by Eleanor Wright '14 in January 2012 and finding aid updated by Christie Peterson in February 2012.
Series 6 added by Phoebe Nobles in November 2017.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use.
- 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:
Box 6 contains VHS videocassettes. 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:
Undergraduate Student Government Records; 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:
- College student government -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
College students -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
Education, higher -- United States -- Princeton.
Student participation in administration.
Student publications -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
Students -- Political activity -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
- Princeton university
Princeton University Undergraduate Assembly.