- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
- Find Related Materials
- Clymer, Nat
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Nat Clymer Photographic Collection
- Princeton University Archives
- Permanent URL:
- 4 boxes and 4 items
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-4
Nat Clymer was as a contract photographer for Princeton University from the early 1980s until the early 2000s. The Nat Clymer Photographic Collection consists of nearly 14,000 images, primarily color 35mm slides and negatives, medium format [6cm X 7cm] color and black & white negatives & color transparencies, black & white contact sheets, as well as digital files.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The Nat Clymer Photographic Collection consists of nearly 14,000 images, primarily color 35mm slides and negatives, medium format [6cm X 7cm] color and black & white negatives & color transparencies, black & white contact sheets, as well as digital files. The photographs span Clymer's career as a contract photographer for the university, a period spanning the early portion of the 1980s and running through the early 2000s.
The collection offers a vivid portrayal of the University's campus through portraiture of buildings, faculty, students, and alumni engaged in a wide variety of activities. Many of the photographs in the collection were taken by Clymer on different assignments as a contract photographer, including assignments with the Advanced Technology Center for Photonics and Optoelectronic Materials (P.O.E.M.), the Development Office, the Princeton Materials Institute, and the Princeton Alumni Weekly, the latter of which comprises the bulk of the collection.
See series descriptions for more detailed information.
The collection is arranged into five series according to assignment. See series arrangement notes for more information.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Nat Clymer was as a contract photographer for Princeton University from the early 1980s until the early 2000s. In his decades documenting different aspects of campus life and culture, Clymer was assigned to many departments and units of the university, most notably the Princeton Alumni Weekly. Clymer began his photography career with the United States Navy and then began work as a staff photographer for various news outlets in Central New Jersey, after which Clymer opened his own private photography business. Outside of his professional work, Clymer also founded of the New Brunswick (N.J.) chapter of Flashes of Hope and lectured part-time at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information in the Journalism and Media Studies department.
The University Archives purchased the collection from Nat Clymer in June of 2015 (AR.2015.018).
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No materials were separated from the collection at the time of accessioning.
- Processing Information:
This collection was processed by Jarrett M. Drake in February of 2016. Finding aid written by Jarrett M. Drake in February of 2016.
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.
- Special Requirements for Access:
This collection contains materials, all of which are Digital Negative (.dng) files, that were acquired from an Apple iMac desktop computer running OS X 10.10.3 ("Yosemite"). Researchers are responsible for meeting the technical requirements needed to access these materials, including any and all hardware and software.
- Credit this material:
Nat Clymer Photographic Collection; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript LibrarySeeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA(609) 258-6345