- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
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- Princeton university press
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Princeton University Press Records
- Manuscripts Division
- Permanent URL:
- 1905-2014 (mostly 1940-1999)
- 554 boxes
- Storage Note:
- ReCAP (rcpxm): Boxes 1-31; 33-554; 42A
The Princeton University Press Records document the business acitivities of Princeton University Press. They include extensive files on works published by the press, as well as staff files, review files, editorial board and board of trustees files, financial information, production files, and publications.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The Princeton University Press Records document the business acitivities of Princeton University Press. They include extensive files on works published by the press. The bulk of the collection is made up of the Press's General Files, which include correspondence with reviewers and authors as well as Editorial Board dossiers (reports by staff and readers); contract information; files describing each project's editorial, production, and manufacturing characteristics and concerns ("Manuscript Transmittal Forms"); copyright and permissions information; production schedules; copyeditors' stylesheets and designers' specification sheets; and promotion and marketing files. The records also include the files of three former directors, Datus C. Smith, Herbert S. Bailey, and Walter H. Lippincott, as well as review files, editorial board and board of trustees files, financial information, production files, and selected publications.
This collection consists of the Press's paper records only. Records maintained by the Press in electronic form are not included and remain at Princeton University Press.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Princeton university press
Princeton University Press opened on 30 Nassau Street in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1905 with a capital of $25,000. Charles Scribner '1875 served as its first president. In 1910 the Press was reincorporated under an act providing for not-for-profit organizations "to establish, maintain, and operate a printing and publishing plant, for the promotion of education and scholarship, and to serve the University by its manufacturing and distributing publications." Its first incorporators were Charles Scribner, M. Taylor Pyne, Archibald D. Russell, Parker D. Handy, Clarence Blair Mitchell, Arthur H. Scribner, and Robert Bridges. In 1911, Mr. Scribner contributed the site for the Press at the corners of William and Charlton Streets as well as the Press building and much of the printing machinery.
Since the publication of its first book, Princeton University President John Witherspoon's Lectures in Moral Philosophy (1912), the P.U.P has published well over 2000 titles. Among these are such seminal works as Einstein's Theory of Relativity and von Neumann and Morgenstern's The Theory of Games and Economic Behavior. The Press has also undertaken such long-range projects as the publication of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, edited by Julian Boyd, and The Papers of Woodrow Wilson, edited by Arthur Link. Since its 1905, the Press has also printed The Princeton Alumni Weekly.
Although closely connected with the University, the Princeton University Press is a separate corporation. Nine of its fifteen trustees must be members of the faculty or administration of the University or alumni. The president of Princeton University, an ex-officio trustee, appoints four faculty members to five-year terms on the editorial board, which controls the imprint of the Press.
This collection was formed from a donation of author files and printed material given by Princeton University Press director Datus C. Smith and transfers of printed material from the Princeton University Archives. Additional files were transferred from Princeton University Press in 1994 , 2001 , and 2011 .
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No material was separated during 2009 processing.
- Processing Information:
This collection was processed by John Buntin, Class of 1994, Kate Snow, Class of 1998 and Karla J. Vecchia in 1992, 1995 and in 2002. Finding aid written by John Buntin, Class of 1994, Kate Snow, Class of 1998 and Karla J. Vecchia in 1992, 1995 and in 2002. Finding aid updated by Regine Heberlein in 2011. Additional folder inventories prepared by Allysse Terrell, Class of 2014, and Alex Rodgers, Class of 2014.
Researchers are advised that box # 32 was accidentally skipped when assigning box numbers.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and 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:
Princeton University Press Records; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Subject Terms:
- Authors, American -- 20th century.
Publishers and publishing -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- 20th century.
University presses -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- 20th century.
- Genre Terms:
- Princeton university press
Bailey, Herbert Smith
Lippincott, Walter H.
Smith, Datus C. (Datus Clifford), 1907-1999