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Collection Overview

Princeton University. Office of the President.
Office of the President Records: Shirley Tilghman Subgroup
Princeton University Archives
Permanent URL:
circa 1960-2014 (mostly 2001-2013)
137 boxes, 25962 digital files, and 1 website
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-137


The Office of the President Records: Shirley M. Tilghman Subgroup contains the files generated and compiled by Princeton University's Office of the President during the administration of Shirley M. Tilghman, the University's 19th president. The records consist of files pertaining to academic programs, campus building projects, fundraising, students, faculty, and staff and include correspondence, reports, speeches, and printed materials.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The Office of the President Records, Shirley Tilghman Subgroup documents the administration of Princeton's 19th president, Shirley Tilghman, through correspondence, memoranda, press releases, and other materials. Also present are records documenting Tilghman's interactions with students, faculty, staff, and various academic departments.

Please see series descriptions in contents list for additional information about individual series.

Collection Creator Biography:

Princeton University. Office of the President.

The President is the chief executive officer of the University. They preside at all meetings of the boards of trustees and of the faculty and at all academic functions at which they are present and represent the University before the public. The Trustee by-laws charge them with the general supervision of the interests of the University and with special oversight of the departments of instruction.

Collection History


These records were originally transferred from the Office of the President to the University Archives in three installments between March and June of 2013. Accession numbers: AR.2013.007; AR.2013.010; AR.2013.072. One accession of electronic records was transferred in August 2013 (AR.2013.130) and a second was transferred in February 2015 (AR.2015.008). An accession of gift files was transferred in 2017 (AR.2017.111). Two additional accessions of gift files were transferred in 2018 (AR.2018.008 and AR.2018.024)


Appraisal has been conducted in accordance with Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library guidelines. No material was separated during accessioning in 2013, 2015, or 2018. Separation status for 2017 is unknown.

Processing Information

Accessioning and processing was completed by Lynn Durgin in 2013. Finding was created by Lynn Durgin in 2013 at the time of accessioning. Collection-level, Series-level, and subseries-level description were created but no physical processing or arrangement occurred at this time. File-level inventories were created by administrative staff in the Office of the President and converted from spreadsheets to EAD XML by University Archives staff. Series 19 reprocessed and finding aid updated by Elena Colon-Marrero in May 2015. Finding aid updated in 2017 by Lynn Durgin. 2018 accessions processed and finding aid updated in 2018 by Annalise Berdini.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Records are closed for 30 years from the date of their creation. Materials older than 30 years that do not pertain to student academic performance, trustee issues, or faculty personnel matters are open.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. The Trustees of Princeton University hold copyright to all materials generated by Princeton University employees in the course of their work. If copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers will not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with non-commercial use of materials from the Mudd Library. For materials where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection contains materials acquired from an Apple iMac desktop computer running OS X 10.9.5 ("Mavericks"). Researchers are responsible for meeting the technical requirements needed to access these materials, including any and all hardware and software.

Credit this material:

Office of the President Records: Shirley Tilghman Subgroup; 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 1-137

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Related Materials

The records of various University administrative offices, academic departments, organizations, and committees relate to, and sometimes overlap with, this collection. Of particular interest may be the Office of the President Records: Howard T. Shapiro and the Office of the President Records: Jonathan Dickinson to Harold W. Dodds, the Office of the Dean of the College Records, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty Records, the Office of the Provost Records, the Office of the Vice President and Secretary Records, and the Office of Development Records.

Also available are the Annual Reports of the President, held at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Each report summarizes yearly progress at the University level, with special focus on a single issue or department.

Other Finding Aids

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

Subject Terms:
College administrators -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
College campuses -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
Sexual harassment in universities and colleges.
Universities and colleges -- Administration.
Universities and colleges -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- Departments.
Genre Terms:
Born digital.
Web sites.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
University of Michigan.
Institute for advanced study Princeton, N.J.
Ivy League (Athletic conference)
New Jersey Commission on Higher Education
Princeton University
Princeton University. Faculty.
Princeton University. Graduate School
Princeton University. School of Architecture and Urban Planning
Princeton University. School of Engineering and Applied Science
Princeton University. Trustees
Shapiro, Harold T., 1935-
Tilghman, Shirley M.