Contents and Arrangement

Subseries 1C: ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps), 1947-1972

6 boxes
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Subseries 1C: ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps), 1947-1972 (bulk 1957-1972) documents the discussion about the role of the ROTC on campus, and its changing status since American involvement in Vietnam from the mid 1960s. The general files for 1969-1972 are of particular interest in this respect. In spring 1969 faculty approved proposals by a special committee, appointed by Goheen in October 1968, which converted the ROTC program into a non-credit program with the status of extra-curricular activities. After the invasion of Cambodia, the Board of Trustees approved a proposal from students and faculty to abandon the ROTC altogether, a decision which was revoked within a year, when the 1971 Undergraduate Assembly voted to retain the ROTC programs under the earlier conditions of spring 1969. In addition to the general files and files on the three military programs of the ROTC, the series contains correspondence with alumni and outsiders commenting on University policies during this period. The general files contain correspondence with the Secretary of Defense.


No arrangement action taken or arrangement information not recorded at the time of processing.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Helene van Rossum and Rosalba Varallo in 2004-2005 with the help of Catherine Malina '05, Evgenia Raikh '07, Lindsey Huddle '07, Sarah Greer '06, and Janaya Kizzie. Finding aid written by Helene van Rossum and Rosalba Varallo in 2004-2005.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Material in the 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 2.1 (Administrative–Board of Trustees) is restricted for thirty years, and Subseries 16.2 (Students–A-Z) for 75 years. Restrictions beyond thirty years are noted in the relevant series and folder descriptions, and on the relevant boxes and folders. Subseries 8.2 (Personal–Biographical) and Subseries 19.1 (Photographs and Audiovisual–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 1C: ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps); Office of the President Records: Robert F. Goheen Subgroup, AC193, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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Other Finding Aids

The Office of the President Records: Robert F. Goheen 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: William G. Bowen Subgroup, 1940-1998 (bulk 1972-1987): Finding Aid.

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

A finding aid to Goheen's personal papers, which are unrelated to his term as President, is also available online: Robert F. Goheen Papers, 1939-2000: Finding Aid


For biographical information see 'Princeton's Goheen Years,' Daily Princetonian, Vol. XCV, No 70 (May, 1971), 'The New President,' Princeton Alumni Weekly, Vol. LVII, no 13 (January 18, 1957), and biographical materials and clippings in Series 8.2.

Princeton University
Princeton University Faculty.
Princeton University. Trustees
Goheen, Robert F. (Robert Francis), 1919-2008