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Collection Overview

Creator:
United States. Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps
Title:
Princeton Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Records
Repository:
Princeton University Archives
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/zg64tk94g
Dates:
1948-1972
Size:
2 boxes
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-2
Language:
English

Abstract

Princeton University's Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program was started in 1946 amidst a wave of enthusiasm for the ROTC that followed World War II. The collection consists of publications, bulletins, course materials, and manuals pertaining to the Navy ROTC program at Princeton.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The collection consists of publications, bulletins, course materials, and manuals pertaining to the Navy ROTC program at Princeton. Also included is a short written history of Navy activities at Princeton.

Collection Creator Biography:

United States. Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps

Princeton University's Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program was started in 1946 amidst a wave of enthusiasm for the ROTC that followed World War II. It joined the Army ROTC unit on campus, which had operated since 1919, and was followed by the formation of an Air Force ROTC unit in 1951. By the 1950s however, faculty opposition to the degree-credit granting programs had risen high enough to merit their reformation, and special University-taught courses were added to the curricula. This was a only temporary solution however, and as Vietnam became a prevalent issue on campus, enrollment in the ROTC programs dropped. In 1969 with faculty and student opposition at a peak President Robert Goheen appointed a special faculty committee to recommend a course of action. The committee elected to continue all three ROTC units on campus, however they were stripped of their departmental status, essentially becoming extracurricular activities. Shortly thereafter, the Trustees voted to terminate all three ROTC programs by 1972, however a 1971 undergraduate referendum convinced the Board to reverse the decision. The Air Force and Navy ROTC units were ultimately unwilling to submit to the 1969 reforms however, and closed their programs on campus.

Collection History

Processing Information

Contents list created by Eleanor Wright '14 in January 2012 and finding aid updated by Christie Peterson in February 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is 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:

Princeton Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Records; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/zg64tk94g
Location:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345

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Related Materials

Photographs related to the Princeton Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps can be found in AC112, Historical Photograph Collection Campus Life Series.

Subject Terms:
Military education -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
Naval History -- Study and teaching.
Names:
United States