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- Princeton and Slavery Project Records
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- 2 boxes and 4 items
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- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-2
The Princeton and Slavery Project Records include materials created and compiled by students in the Spring and Fall of 2013 in the course Princeton and Slavery, HIST 402, as well as materials from the Princeton and Slavery Project that emerged from the course--in particular, the Princeton and Slavery Project Symposium of November, 2017.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The Princeton and Slavery Project Records contain both course materials and later project, symposium and performance materials.
Series 1: Princeton and Slavery Seminar Papers and Research Materials includes materials from the undergraduate seminar Princeton and Slavery, HIST 402, such as students' final papers; copies of original documents collected and compiled by the students and instructors at the New Jersey State Archives; and microfilmed sources within Firestone Library. Records also include correspondence about the course with alumni.
Series 2: The Princeton and Slavery Project Symposium includes schedules of events for speakers and the public; event tickets; a copy of the Princeton Alumni Weekly featuring the Symposium; a draft of and program for The Princeton and Slavery Plays at the McCarter Theatre; and correspondence with Martha Sandweiss.
Series 3: Princeton Atelier: Tune Every Heart includes the script and score of a musical theater performance, "Tune Every Heart: The Princeton and Slavery Project in Song" created by students in the Princeton Atelier course "Who Owns a Song? A Theatrical Investigation of Princeton and Slavery" in January, 2018.
Series 4: Princeton and Slavery Project Website links to an archived version of the website, which includes articles, stories, digitized primary sources, and multimedia resources gathered and created during the course of the project. The current capture may not allow access to multimedia elements of the site. See "Find More" for a link to the current version of the site.
Materials remain in the order in which they were transferred to the University Archives.
- Collection Creator Biography:
The College of New Jersey was initially chartered in 1746. The first classes were held in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in the parsonage of the president, the Reverend Jonathan Dickinson. Upon his death, the College moved to Newark, New Jersey, and was headed by the Reverend Aaron Burr, Sr. Since 1756, the College has been located in Princeton, New Jersey. For the first fifty years, nearly all College operations took place within Nassau Hall. Fires, fundraising difficulties, low student enrollment, and the Civil War challenged the vitality of the College in the early and middle nineteenth century, but the College grew vigorously under the leadership of President James McCosh, and it was renamed Princeton University in 1896. The Graduate School was established in 1900, although a limited graduate program had existed since the 1870s. Princeton enthusiastically supported the country (living up to its informal motto, "Princeton in the Nation's Service") during the First and Second World Wars, offering the expertise of faculty and campus space for training, as well as facilitating the early graduation of students so they could enlist. The post-World War II years brought dramatic changes to Princeton. The size and strength of the University's facilities and academic programs—especially for the applied sciences and public policy—were increased dramatically. Under President Robert Goheen, Princeton began to admit minority students in greater numbers in the 1960s and admitted women undergraduates in 1969. Today, Princeton is widely regarded as one of the top universities in the world.
The first group of materials were transferred to the University Archives in March of 2014, as accession AR.2014.014. Princeton and Slavery Project Symposium Materials were transferred to the University Archives in January, 2018 (AR.2018.002). The Princeton Atelier "Tune Every Heart" script and score were transferred to the University Archives in March, 2018 (AR.2018.022).
No materials were separated from the collection.
- Processing Information
This collection was processed by Lynn Durgin in May 2015. Finding aid written by Lynn Durgin in May 2015 and updated by Phoebe Nobles in March 2018 and October 2019.
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The collection is open for research use.
- 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.
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Princeton and Slavery Project Records; 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