Contents and Arrangement

Athletic Rulebooks, Handbooks and Publications, 1902-2003

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The majority of the collection is made up of published material such as athletic handbooks, rule guides and technique charts; athletic organization convention and conference reports; and university publications (sports schedules and programs, admissions material, faculty, staff, and alumni guides and fundraising publications). The collection contains several areas of focus—notably, material on women's sports at Princeton and nationwide during the enactment of Title IX and the tenure from 1970 to 1982 of Merrily Dean Baker, founding Director of Women's Athletics at Princeton.

Other series focus on athletic rulebooks and handbooks by individual sport; periodicals and publications apparently belonging to Joseph Raycroft, including committee reports and correspondence on the Olympic Games; administrative documents such as Princeton University Athletic Association audit reports between 1933 and 1949 and files on stadium-area improvements in the early 1960s; files and video footage from the Princeton Men's Lacrosse program between the 1970s and the early 1990s; and 16 mm football films from 1962.

The Dillon Gym Library Collection was transferred to the University Archives by the Princeton Department of Athletics in summer 2015, as the department prepared for renovations to Dillon Gym.

At least a portion of the material appears to derive from the Joseph Raycroft Library, which was established in Dillon Gym in 1948 in honor of Raycroft, who was Princeton's chairman of Health and Physical Education from 1911 to 1936. The Raycroft Library was dismantled in 1972.


Arranged primarily by sport or by title.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

Removed from the collection were half a linear foot of university-wide, published pamphlets available elsewhere in the University Archives, such as booklets "The Princeton University Faculty," the Graduate School Announcement, the Library Handbook, and so on, from the years 1929 to 1984 (but primarily from the 1950s and 1960s). Also removed was a run of the Journal of Health and Physical Education/Journal of the American Association for Health Physical Education and Recreation from the years 1947, 1949, and 1952-53, available in the library catalog.

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:

Athletic Rulebooks, Handbooks and Publications; Dillon Gym Library Collection, AC446, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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