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Subseries 18B: Assistant to the President Files, General, 1962-1985
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Scope and Contents
Subseries 18B: Assistant to the President Files, General, 1968-1981, was compiled by two assistants to the president. Robert K. Durkee '69 was appointed to this position in 1972, and was replaced by T. Dennis Sullivan '70, who replaced him in 1977. Mudd Library has no records maintained personally by any of the assistants to Bowen following Sullivan, who moved to another position in 1980. The assistants to the president were responsible for speech-writing, undertaking some of the president's correspondence, and acting as contacts in the president's office for campus offices and organizations. Most of the files in this subseries contain background information and sample letters used to prepare correspondence for their own signature or the president's. As a result, this subseries is an excellent resource for background material on campus issues such as coeducation, cohabitation, student unrest, strikes, and South Africa investments. Arrangements made and speeches written for the president for use on special occasions, such as reunions and Alumni Days; congressional testimony; and reports to the Trustees are included in these files as well. Of special note are transcripts of oral history interviews with former president Harold Dodds GS'14 and longtime trustee Harold Helm '20.
No arrangement action taken or arrangement information not recorded at the time of processing.
No appraisal information is available.
- Processing Information
This collection was processed by Matthew Reeder in January through September 2003. Finding aid written by Matthew Reeder in January through September 2003. An accession of photographs and other material donated by Mary Ellen Bowen (AR.2019.044) was added by Phoebe Nobles in 2022.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
Material in this collection is restricted for thirty years. The contents of a folder may not be viewed until thirty years after the most recent date marked on the folder.
Subseries 9A: General, and Subseries 9B: Faculty and Staff Individuals, contain some material that is restricted for 75 years, and Subseries 16B: Students--Individuals is restricted for 75 years. Restrictions beyond thirty years are noted in the relevant series and folder descriptions, and on the relevant boxes and folders.
Subseries 18C: Supplementary Materials--Bowen Biographical and Subseries 18I: Supplementary Materials--Photographs are open immediately with no restrictions.
- Conditions Governing 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.
- 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:
Subseries 18B: Assistant to the President Files, General; Office of the President Records: William G. Bowen Subgroup, AC187, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript LibrarySeeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 395-401
- Other Finding Aids
The Office of the President Records: William G. Bowen Subgroup forms part of the Princeton University Office of the President Records. Finding Aids for other subgroups and portions of the collection are also available online:
- Princeton University
Princeton University Faculty.
Princeton University Students
Princeton University. Trustees
Bowen, William G.