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- Princeton University. Undergraduate Admission Office.
- Princeton: A Search For Answers outtakes collection
- Princeton University Archives
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- 23 boxes and 28 items
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- ReCAP (rcpph): Box 1-23
Princeton: A Search for Answers is a 1973 recruiting film produced for the Princeton University Undergraduate Admissions Office by Julian Krainin and DeWitt Sage. The collection consists of outtakes and film trims created during the editing process for Princeton: A Search for Answers, as well as a small number of documents related to the making of the film.
Collection Description & Creator Information
Princeton: A Search for Answers is a 1973 recruiting film produced for the Princeton University Undergraduate Admissions Office by Julian Krainin and DeWitt Sage. The half-hour informational video won an Academy Award the year of its release for Short Subject Documentary, and was primarily shown to alumni and potential applicants.
The collection consists of outtakes and film trims created as a result of the editing process for Princeton: A Search for Answers, as well as a small number of documents related to the making of the film.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Princeton University. Undergraduate Admission Office.
Until the middle of the nineteenth century, admission decisions were based primarily on an oral examination given at Princeton. The president made the final admission decisions and sometimes administered the exam himself. Written examinations gradually replaced oral examinations, and after 1888, they could be taken at a number of locations throughout the country.
A flood of applicants after the First World War forced the University to limit enrollment and institute a selective admission policy. The trustees decided to create the Admission Office in 1922 and charged it to apply the new admission policies. Until that year, students who passed the exams--proving competency in classical languages, mathematics, and other core subjects--were admitted automatically. From the establishment of the office until 1950, director Radcliffe Heermance shaped modern admission procedures (such as mailed applications, consideration of standardized assessment scores, and alumni interviews) and established lasting relationships between the Admission Office and secondary schools, alumni, and the faculty admission committee. Since 1950, Admission Office directors have overseen the recruitment of disadvantaged and minority students (since the mid-1960s), the introduction of women into the applicant pool (in 1969), and the soaring application rates of the late twentieth century.
- Processing Information:
An inventory was created in May, 2019.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
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- Credit this material:
Princeton: A Search For Answers outtakes collection; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript LibrarySeeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA(609) 258-6345