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Collection Overview

Creator:
Colman, Jeffrey D.
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Robertson v. Princeton University Case Records
Repository:
Princeton University Archives
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/rj4307196
Dates:
1961-2008
Size:
34 boxes and 29 digital files
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-34
Language:
English

Abstract

The Robertson v. Princeton University lawsuit was a dispute between the university and members of the Robertson family regarding the use of a multi-million dollar endowment given by Marie Robertson, wife of Charles Robertson, a member of the Class of 1926. The collection consists of board meeting materials of the Robertson Foundation, depositions of Princeton University administrators including then university president Shirley Tilghman, expert reports, and other documents pertaining to the Robertson v. Princeton University lawsuit.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The collection consists of records related to the Robertson v. Princeton University lawsuit including: board meeting materials of the Robertson Foundation, the depositions of several Princeton University administrators including former presidents William G. Bowen, Robert F. Goheen, Harold T. Shapiro, and Shirley Tilghman, reports from experts in finance and law, financial statements, and other legal documents pertaining to the Robertson v. Princeton University lawsuit.

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

Arrangement:

Records have been arranged in five series: Meetings, Depositions, Expert Reports, Audit Reports, and Miscellaneous Documents.

Collection Creator Biography:

The Robertson v. Princeton University lawsuit was a dispute between the university and members of the Robertson family regarding the use of a multi-million dollar endowment given by Marie Robertson, wife of Charles Robertson, a member of the Class of 1926. The funds established the Robertson Foundation in 1961 for the expansion and support of academic study at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. As a result of disagreements over control and disbursement of the funds, in July of 2002 William S. Robertson '72, along with other members of the Robertson family, filed a lawsuit against the University and designated Trustees of the Robertson Foundation. A settlement agreement was reached on December 9, 2008, that called for the dissolution of the Robertson Foundation and the creation of a new fund that would continue support of the graduate program at the Woodrow Wilson School. The records in this collection were transferred to the University Archives through an attorney, Jeffrey D. Colman, acting on behalf of an anonymous donor.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Materials were transferred to the University Archives in July 2014 (Accession number AR.2014.053).

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were separated from the collection at the time of accessioning.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Rossy Mendez in 2015. Finding aid written by Rossy M. Mendez in 2015 with the aid of Jarrett M. Drake.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

This collection is closed until November 17, 2026.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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.

Special Requirements for Access:

This collection contains materials created and used in digital formats. Researchers are responsible for meeting the technical requirements needed to access these materials, including any and all hardware and software.

Credit this material:

Robertson v. Princeton University Case Records; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/rj4307196
Location:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345