Contents and Arrangement

Subseries 3B: General, Organizations, and Events, 1886-1972

14 boxes
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Subseries 3B: General, Organizations and Events 1945-1972 (bulk 1957-1972) documents how the alumni body was organized and how the University administration kept up its relationship with its alumni in the tumultuous years of Goheen's presidency. A good example is the Alumni Conference of 1970, when a select body of alumni was invited to discuss current university problems with members of the faculty, the administration, and the student body. Topics of concern among conservative alumni can be found in the correspondence with the Class of 1924, filed under 'Associations and Clubs.' Its executive committee met five times during 1969-1970 to clarify major issues that were causing apprehension and disaffection among many alumni, including coeducation. The files on the Alumni Council to Involve Ourselves Now (A.C.T.I.O.N.), which was founded because of similar concerns among alumni, cover the same period.

Of particular interest is the file on the President's Conference in Chicago (1959-1960). This conference was originally to be held in Atlanta as an annual conference, coordinated by the National Alumni Association and held in a different state each year. In May 1959, however, concerns were raised about the possible impact of Martin Luther King Jr.'s upcoming visit to Princeton in 1960, where he was invited to preach at the University Chapel. It was feared that media coverage in the South might cause local political figures to decline an invitation to attend the conference. This would harm the $53 Million Campaign that was about to be launched. For this reason, the 1960 Conference was moved to Chicago and named "President's Conference for a Stronger Princeton." Atlanta hosted the annual alumni conference only two years later, after Princeton hosted the 1961 conference as a follow-up to the campaign.

Of note, too, are the files on the Schools Committee, which document the change in the role of alumni on the admission of new students through an admission interview.


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Collection History


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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

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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 3B: General, Organizations, and Events; Office of the President Records: Robert F. Goheen Subgroup, AC193, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
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Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 158-171

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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)