Contents and Arrangement

Series 3: Richard R. Spies Files, 1969-1996 (mostly 1988-1996)

48 boxes
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Series 3: Richard R. Spies Files, 1969-1996 (bulk 1988-1996) documents Spies' work as vice president for finance and administration. They include information about the financial aspects of a broad range of activities and projects on campus, such as scientific computing and a supercomputer, the Princeton Investment Company, the work of the Priorities Committee of the Council of the Princeton University Community, and the development of Princeton Forrestal Center. Note that this series does not contain any records from the final five years of Spies' service as vice president for finance and administration (1997-2001).


Series 3: Richard R. Spies Files, 1969-1996 (bulk 1988-1996) has been arranged in two subseries, which were received as two separate accessions of material: Subseries 3A contains Spies' files on a broad range of subjects, while Subseries 3B contains Spies' files specifically related to the development of Princeton Forrestal Center.

Collection History

Processing Information

Container lists for this collection were created by Suchi Mandavilli '14 and Eleanor Wright '14 in October 2011. Finding aid updated by Christie Peterson in October 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Due to the presence of faculty and staff personnel information this collection must be reviewed for potentially restricted records before access is given. Please contact the University Archives at least 48 hours prior to your visit. Materials older than 30 years that do not pertain to student academic performance, or faculty personnel matters are open.

Series 5: Public Website 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.

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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:

Series 3: Richard R. Spies Files; Office of the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer Records, AC233, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 24-71

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Related Materials

Researchers may wish to consult AC271 Office of the Executive Vice President Records, which document organizational functions (such as oversight of facilities, campus security, and human resources) that were once administered by the Office of Finance and Treasury from 1988-2001 when it was known as the Office of Finance and Administration.

Due to the fact that the Office of the Treasurer had been primarily a separate office from 1746 until 2005, the bulk of records from past University Treasurers can be found in AC128 Office of the Treasurer Records.

Other Finding Aids

Full text searching of this collection's archived website is available through the Archive-It interface.

Princeton University
Princeton UniversityOffice of the Vice President for Administrative Affairs.
Firstenberg, Paul B., 1933-
Spies, Richard R.