Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Syllabi and Course Materials, 1877-2005

5 boxes
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Series 1: Syllabi and Course Materials, 1884-2005 consists of syllabi, reading lists, study outlines, grade books, examinations and similar materials from Princeton University courses in a variety of subjects. The majority of the materials are from the 20th century.


Items in Series 1: Syllabi and Course Materials, 1884-2005 are arranged alphabetically by subject name, which may not be identical to the department name. For example, syllabi for French courses are under "French," regardless of whether the course was taught under the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Materials from courses at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs are grouped at the end.

Collection History


Additional syllabi and course materials will be added to the collection as accrued by the University Archives.


Appraisal has been conducted according to University Archives procedures.

Processing Information

Series 2 was added to the collection and the finding aid updated by Christie Peterson with assistance from Suchi Mandavilli '14 and Eleanor Wright '14 in October 2011. Series 3 found in repository and added by Phoebe Nobles in 2023.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

One file in box 1 of Series 1: Syllabi and Course Materials, 1884-2005 contains contain student records that are restricted for 75 years from date of creation or for the lifetime of the student. The file is marked as restricted in the inventory below.

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: Syllabi and Course Materials; Syllabi and Course Materials Collection, AC333, 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 1-2; 30-32

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Related Materials

Lecture notes are maintained in AC052, Lecture Notes Collection. Copies of course, entrance, and general examinations given at Princeton are maintained in AC054, Course Examinations Collection. Examples of student work are maintained in AC374, Student Academic Work Collection.

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