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Princeton University. Rowing Association.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University Rowing Collection
Princeton University Archives
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27 boxes and 1 folder
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-27


Princeton has participated in intercollegiate rowing contests since 1874. The collection consists of photographs, memorabilia, scrapbooks, programs, correspondence and posters documenting the history of the Princeton University rowing program.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of photographs, memorabilia, scrapbooks, programs, correspondence and posters documenting the history of the Princeton University rowing program. Much of the material is oversized.

Collection Creator Biography:

Princeton University. Rowing Association.

Princeton has participated in intercollegiate rowing contests since 1874. However, early victories were few and far between due to inadequate practice space. Until the construction of Lake Carnegie, all rowing took place on the crowded Delaware and Raritan canal, a body of water ill-suited for the sport. Following the completion of the lake in 1906, rowing was limited to practice and intrateam competition until 1911, when Princeton began hosting races. Lightweight rowing was introduced in 1920, and the first women's crew team competed in 1972. In late 2000 the C. Bernard Shea Rowing Center was dedicated, providing the men's and women's crew teams with a state of the art boathouse and training facility.

Collection History


The materials in Series 1: 2003 Accession of Princeton Rowing Materials, 1874-2003 were received in March 2003 from William H. Walton '74.

The materials in Series 2: C.S. Titus Materials, circa 1907, 1998 were received in November 2004 from Joan Titus and in November 2017 from her estate.

The materials in Series 3: 1992 Accession of Albridge C. Smith, III Collection of Rowing Photographs and Clippings, circa 1916-1939 were received in April 1992 from Wells Drorbaugh, Jr. '43.

The materials in Series 4: 2014 Accession of Princeton University Rowing Fundraising Correspondence in January 2014 from Willis M. Rivinus '50.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Christie Peterson with assistance from Suchi Mandavilli '14 in April 2011 and Eleanor Wright '14 in January 2012. Finding aid updated by Christie Peterson in June 2011 and February 2012. Series 3 added and finding aid updated by Christie Peterson in May 2012. Series 4 added and finding aid updated by Lynn Durgin in January 2014 Digital materials in Series 1 was processed by Elena Colon-Marrero in June 2015. Series 2 and finding aid updated by Annalise Berdini in March 2018.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

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.

This collection contains materials acquired from an Apple iMac desktop computer. Researchers are responsible for meeting the technical requirements needed to access these materials, including any and all hardware and software.

Credit this material:

Princeton University Rowing Collection; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-27

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Many of the items in Series 1: 2003 Accession of Princeton Rowing Materials, 1874-2003 were referenced or reproduced in Rowing at Princeton: celebrating 4500 Princetonians who have strained and gained from their rowing experience for 130 years.

Subject Terms:
Rowing -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
Genre Terms:
Born digital.
Princeton University
Titus, C. S. (Constance Sutton), 1873-1967