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Collection Overview

Princeton University. Office of Athletic Communications.
Office of Athletic Communication Records
Princeton University Archives
Permanent URL:
35 boxes, 1 folder, and 1 websites
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-35


The Office of Athletic Communications is the division of Princeton University's Department of Athletics which is responsible for publications, media relations, and other communications needs related to Princeton's intercollegiate sports teams and student athletes. The records contain game-day programs, media guides, press releases, statistics, photographs, and files on notable Princeton athletes.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The records of the Office of Athletic Communications contain programs, press releases, clippings, statistics, and files on individual athletes. In some cases these materials predate the formation of the Office of Athletic Communications; however, they were retained by the Office and transferred to the University Archives along with more recent records.

Please see series descriptions in contents list for additional information about individual series.

Collection Creator Biography:

Princeton University. Office of Athletic Communications.

The Office of Athletic Communications is the division of Princeton University's Department of Athletics responsible for disseminating information about Princeton's athletic programs and student athletes. This objective is accomplished through the distribution of publications such as game-day programs and media guides and the issuing of press releases. The Office of Athletic Communications is also the Department of Athletics' chief liaison with print and broadcast media and the Ivy League Conference.

By the 1960s, athletics at Princeton had become such an important element of the daily life of the University that the Office of Communications maintained a full-time staff member to deal strictly with communications regarding sports. By 1975 the number of individuals dedicated to athletic communications had grown to three and the group moved out of the main Communications offices in Stanhope Hall to Jadwin Gymnasium, thus giving birth to the Office of Sports Information. In 1984 this title was changed to the Office of Athletic Communications, and following an administrative reorganization in 1994 the office was placed under the supervision of the Director of Athletics.

Collection History


The records were transferred to the University Archives in three accessions, occurring in 1998 , 1999 , and 2000 . The materials in Series 5: Broadsheets were previously part of the Princeton University Oversize Collection.


Additional transfers of records are expected from the Office of Athletic Communications indefinitely.


Appraisal has been conducted in accordance with Mudd Library guidelines. In the course of processing these records, several media guides of colleges and universities which Princeton competed against were removed and discarded.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Daniel Brennan in May 2007 with assistance from Joshua Muketha '10. Finding aid written by Daniel Brennan in May 2007. Series 5 was added by Christie Peterson with assistance from Suchi Mandavilli '14 in November 2011. Finding aid updated by Christie Peterson in November 2011. Materials were added from Accession AR.2019.043 by Kimberly McCauley in July 2019.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Records of the Office of Athletic Communications are open for research use.

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.

Credit this material:

Office of Athletic Communication Records; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
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Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-35

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Related Materials

Several collections held by the Seeley Mudd Manuscript Library contain records which complement those found in the Office of Athletic Communications Records. Chief among these are the Athletic Programs Collection and the Historical Subject Files. Additionally, yearly editions of the Bric-A-Brac contain team photographs and win-loss records for most sports teams.

Subject Terms:
College athletes - New Jersey - Princeton.
College sports - New Jersey - Princeton .
College sports for women - New Jersey - Princeton.
Princeton University - Baseball.
Princeton University - Basketball.
Princeton University - Football.
Princeton University - Golf.
Princeton University - Hockey.
Princeton University - Sports - Photographs.
Princeton University - Sports.
Princeton University - Tennis.
Princeton University - Track and Field.
Princeton University - Volleyball.