- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
- Find Related Materials
- Princeton University. Office of the Vice President for Campus Life.
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Office of the Vice President for Campus Life Records
- Princeton University Archives
- Permanent URL:
- 1868-2015 (mostly 2006-2017)
- 8 boxes, 72 items, 7264 digital files, and 1 websites
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-8
The Office of the Vice President for Campus Life is an administrative office at Princeton University responsible for enriching the student experience for the University's undergraduate and graduate students. The Office of the Vice President for Campus Life Records contain internal emails, reports, minutes, spreadsheets, and other office files that document the activities of the office from its inception in the early 21st century and through its first decade and a half of existence.
Collection Description & Creator Information
8.049 email messages
The Office of the Vice President for Campus Life Records contain internal emails, reports, minutes, spreadsheets, and other office files that document the activities of the office from its inception in the early 21st century and through its first decade and a half of existence. Topics that are particularly well documented in the collection include student health, campus protests, athletics, drug and alcohol usage, residential life, sexual misconduct, religious life, and fundraising for new initiatives or centers, such as the LGBT Center.
The majority of the collection was created and used in various computing environments, including an office-wide networked folder and an email account owned and used by the office's second Vice President, Cynthia Cherrey. The types of files represented include textual/word processing documents in the form of correspondence, memoranda, reports, minutes, and agendas.
See the description notes for each series and subseries for further description.
The collection is organized according to the date on which it was transferred to the custody of the University Archives.
- Collection Creator Biography:
The Office of the Vice President for Campus Life is an administrative office at Princeton University responsible for enriching the student experience for the University's undergraduate and graduate students. The Office, which initially reported to the Office of the Vice President and Secretary, currently reports to the Executive Vice President of the University and maintains administrative oversight of the following units:
The Office of the Vice President for Campus Life Office was created in 2000 following the departure of former Dean of Student Life, Janina Montero, who vacated the position in 1999 for a vice president opening at Brown University. Rather than hire a new Dean of Student Life, the University in April of 2000 expanded the scope of the role and hired Janet Smith Dickerson, then Duke University's vice president for student affairs, as the university's first-ever Vice President for Campus Life to begin on July 1, 2000, a posting Vice President Dickerson held for ten years. Significant initiatives that Vice President Dickerson led include the shift from the two-year to four-year residential college system and the establishment of the Campus Club, as well as her efforts to co-chair the Diversity Working Group and the Task Force on Health and Well-Being.
Vice President Dickerson's tenure was followed by Vice President Cynthia Cherrey, who held the position from 2010 until 2015, a tenure in which several changes to the University's fraternity/sorority (Greek) life took place as well as a growing number of student protests following the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, an event that impacted Princeton students and led to the formation of new student organizations leading a new generation of student activism. Cherrey's administration concluded in 2015, and was succeeded by Vice President W. Rochelle Calhoun, whose administration immediately was thrust into the continuing protests into the 2015-2016 academic year, including a student sit-in of Nassau Hall in November of that year.
Vice Presidents for Campus Life:
The collection was transferred to the University Archives in July of 2015 (AR.2015.065) and September of 2015 (AR.2015.073).
- Archival Appraisal Information:
Appraisal has been conducted in accordance with Mudd Library guidelines. The records in Series 1 were appraised using the output of the software application Digital Record Object Identification (DROID), resulting in roughly 2/3 of the records being selected with archival value.
During accessioning, the following four folders were deleted from the folder "Janet Smith Dickerson - Archive" in Subseries 1B. "/Recommendations" was deleted due to the presence of FERPA-protected information pertaining to student performance. "/JSD - including Bios and Recommendations/JSD, address lists and personal" was deleted to the presence of personal information pertaining to Dickerson's private life outside of her role at the University. "/Correspondence (stewardship ltrs)/Recommendation Ltrs" was deleted due to the presence of FERPA-protected information pertaining to student performance. "/Correspondence (stewardship ltrs)/External" was deleted due to the presence of FERPA-protected information pertaining to student performance.
- Processing Information:
This collection was processed by Jarrett M. Drake in 2016. Finding aid written by Jarrett M. Drake in 2016.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Series 1: July 2015 Transfer is restricted for 30 years from the date of record. Series 2 and Series 3 are 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 records created and used on computing devices. Researchers are responsible for meeting the technical requirements needed to access these materials, including any and all hardware and software.
- Other Finding Aids:
Full text searching of the this collection's archived website(s) is available through the Archive-It interface.
- Credit this material:
Office of the Vice President for Campus Life Records; 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
- Subject Terms:
- Universities and Colleges -- Administration -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
- Genre Terms:
- Born digital.
- Princeton university