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Creese, James, 1896-1966.
James Creese Papers
Manuscripts Division
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5 boxes and 2.1 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-5


Consists of some undergraduate and graduate papers of James Creese (Princeton Class of 1918), as well as papers from his tenures as successive presidents of the Stevens and Drexel Institutues of Technology.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of works, correspondence, documents, photographs, diaries, scrapbooks, memorabilia, and printed matter of Creese (Princeton Class of 1918), as well as some papers of others. The collection contains poetry and essays written by Creese as an undergraduate and graduate student at Princeton, and speeches delivered during his tenure as president of Drexel Institute of Technology (1945-1963). There are letters by him written from Princeton, diaries (1942-1944) kept while he was president of Stevens Institute of Technology, and photographs of the Princeton campus, president Harold W. Dodds, and Creese and friends. There is also printed matter relating to the various committees he either chaired or served on as president of two colleges as well as material regarding the Class of 1918 of which he was president. The collection also contains a journal kept by Samuel George Morton, a Philadelphia physician, while touring Europe in 1822, and includes a scrapbook of botanical specimens collected on the trip. In addition, there are letters by Edmund Wilson and Alfred Noyes.



Collection Creator Biography:

Creese, James, 1896-1966.

James Creese (Princeton Class of 1918) joined the army during World War I, serving as a Second Lieutenant in artillery. Following the war, Creese returned to Princeton, earning a master's degree in 1920. Creese served as secretary to the American Scandinavian Foundation (1922-1928) prior to being appointed vice-president of Stevens Institute of Technology (1928-1945). In 1945, Creese left Stevens Institute of Technology to become president of Drexel Institute of Technology, a position that he held until 1963.

Collection History


Gift of Mrs. James Creese. Additions transfer from the P.U. Archives in Mudd Library.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

The contents list was compiled by Rafael Abrahams in June 2010.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

James Creese Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-5