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Subseries 18F: Letters of Recommendation, 1966-1987
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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- 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.
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- Conditions Governing Access
[RESTRICTED FOR 75 YEARS]
- Conditions Governing Use
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- Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
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- 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
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript LibrarySeeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 428-433
- 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.
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Princeton University. Trustees
Bowen, William G.