Contents and Arrangement

Subseries 18F: Letters of Recommendation, 1966-1987

6 boxes
Restricted Content

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Subseries 18F: Letters of Recommendation, 1966-1987, contains letters of recommendation written by Bowen for various students, faculty, staff members, and others, along with associated correspondence and forms. Individuals with files in this subseries usually also have general files in subseries 1H (for graduate students), 3.B (for alumni), 9B (for faculty and staff), 16B (for students), or 5B (for others). Bowen's letters of recommendation are positive and generous but also candid. While he agreed and even offered to write letters of recommendation for those he knew and respected, he did not hesitate to refuse to recommend someone with whom he was barely acquainted. The subseries includes enthusiastic letters of recommendation for Bill Frist '74 and Eliot Spitzer '81. Because letters of recommendation were written in confidence, some on behalf of students, this subseries is restricted for 75 years.


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Collection History


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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


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 18F: Letters of Recommendation; Office of the President Records: William G. Bowen Subgroup, AC187, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 428-433

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Related Materials

This collection follows, in sequence, the Office of the President Records: Jonathan Dickinson to Harold W. Dodds (AC #117) and the Office of the President Records: Robert F. Goheen (AC #193); and is followed by the Office of the President Records: Harold T. Shapiro (unprocessed). The Princeton University Historical Audiovisual Collection (AC #47) includes three items from Bowen's Office of the President Records: an audiotape entitled "Coeducation at Princeton Forum, 1970," originally found in box 104, folder 13; a videotape labeled "News Film Outs for 11-29-71 Princeton Pres." (the date coincides with the announcement of Bowen's appointment as president); and a videotape labeled "The First 'Presidential Tape' of the Bill-Bo Regime." The records of other administrative and academic departments, offices, organizations, and committees may also relate to this collection.

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:

Office of the President Records: Jonathan Dickinson to Harold W. Dodds Subgroup, 1746-1999 (bulk 1830-1869): Finding Aid.

Office of the President Records: Robert F. Goheen Subgroup, 1924-1988 (bulk 1957-1972): Finding Aid.

Office of the President Records: Harold Shapiro Subgroup, 1961-2001 (bulk 1987-2001): Finding Aid.

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Bowen, William G.