Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Departmental Files, 1909-1970

3 boxes
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Series 1: Departmental Files, 1909-1970 contains primarily minutes of faculty meetings and committees, copies of comprehensive examinations, and some correspondence. The series documents the development of modern languages and comparative literature education at Princeton, including departmental evolutions and the origins of the Special Program in European Civlization. The series also includes a selection of autographed photographic portraits of French savants and literati, all dating from approximately the 1920s.


No arrangement scheme has been imposed on Series 1: Departmental Files, 1926-1970. The arrangement of the records that was present at the time of their transfer has been retained.

Collection History

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Materials older than 30 years that do not pertain to student academic performance or discipline, trustee issues, or faculty personnel matters are open. Some files in Series 3: Summer Work Abroad and Princeton In France, 1960-1985 contain student records that are restricted for 75 years from the date of creation or for the lifetime of the student.

Restrictions beyond 30 years are noted in the relevant series, subseries, or folder descriptions. Series 4 is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. The Trustees of Princeton University hold copyright to all materials generated by Princeton University employees in the course of their work. For instances beyond Fair Use, if copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers do not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with use of materials from the Princeton University Archives.

For instances beyond Fair Use where the copyright is not held by the University, while permission from the Library is not required, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact 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:

Series 1: Departmental Files; Department of French and Italian Records, AC219, 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): Boxes 1, 7 to 8

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