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Princeton University.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton and Slavery Project Records
Princeton University Archives
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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Series 4: Princeton and Slavery Project Website links to an archived version of the website, which includes articles, stories, digitized primary sources, and multimedia resources gathered and created during the course of the project.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 Princeton University Library has developed numerous collections of Latin American ephemera that are unique in their depth and scope. Privileging the popular voices of the region, the collections document numerous political and social movements, and a wide variety of key socioeconomic and cultural developments. Some particularly well-documented topics are grassroots organizing, human rights, electoral politics, indigenous issues, women and gender issues, youth, the environment, health, education, and religion. Types of primary materials collected include pamphlets, non-commercially produced and distributed serials, flyers, posters, working papers, government publications, and other non-traditional formats. Most of the documentation in the collections was produced after the mid 1960s by Latin American nongovernmental organizations of all types, interest groups, political parties, research institutes, and government agencies. The intensive collecting of ephemera was initiated by Barbara Hadley Stein, the University's first Bibliographer for Latin America, Spain and Portugal (1966-1977). She sought to document some of the major political developments of the period, including the rise to power of military dictatorships, coup d'états, the institutionalization of the Cuban Revolution, and the popular responses to those developments. Her successor, Peter T. Johnson (1977-2003), expanded the geographic and thematic scope of the collections and systematized the process of organizing, cataloging, and preserving them. Intensive collecting in this area continues to this date. Over the years, materials have been grouped and organized by country or region, and by topic or subject area. Once collections are fully organized, they are cataloged and microfilmed. A complete list of collections appears in the Guide to the Princeton University Latin American Microfilm Collection (Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1993) and subsequent supplements. Many of the collections' finding aids are available online. Original print materials have been preserved in many cases.

Collection History


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).

Archival Appraisal Information:

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.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

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.

Credit this material:

Princeton and Slavery Project Records; 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

Find More

Related Material:

The Princeton and Slavery Project website contains stories and articles, digitized primary sources, and multimedia resources gathered and created during the course of the project.

Subject Terms:
Slavery--United States--History
Linke, Daniel
Sandweiss, Martha A.