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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 (rcpxm): 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


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 photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

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

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-5