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Collection Overview

Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Princeton University Library Collection of Princeton University Materials
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/7s75df969
Dates:
1746-1983
Size:
6 boxes and 2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1-5; P-000081
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of an assembled collection of correspondence, documents, and manuscripts related to Princeton University, its students, and its employees, some in an official capacity and others as personal or family records of those associated with Princeton University, or the College of New Jersey as it was known prior to the end of the 19th century. Materials span from the 1740s until the 1980s, though most pertain to the mid-18th through early 20th century.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of an assembled collection of correspondence, documents, and manuscripts related to Princeton University, its students, and its employees, some in an official capacity and others as personal or family records of those associated with Princeton University, or the College of New Jersey as it was known prior to the end of the 19th century. Materials span from the 1740s until the 1980s and shed light on the origination of Princeton University, the first presidents and trustees who raised funds to build the school, and on the daily life of the students who attended Princeton at the time through letters they wrote to their families or friends back home. The collection also contains material related to the Revolutionary War and the Civil War and the role of Princeton during both, as well as student riots that occurred on campus in the early 19th century. Included are receipts for salaries or for work done at the college, accounts, letters, minutes of meetings, charters, material related to the Princeton Theological Seminary, report cards, certificates, diplomas, prayers, sermons, orations, and other material related to commencement exercises, information related to building the library, some material of University faculty, and more.

Description provided at the file level was transcribed from handwritten information on old folders.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the creator, followed by unidentified and miscellaneous institutional papers.

Collection History

Acquisition:

The collection has resulted from miscellaneous purchases and gifts of numerous donors over the years.

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

Appraisal

No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Fiona Bell '18, Ann-Elise Siden '17, and Sophia Alvarez 18' in November 2016. At this time, materials were rehoused in archival folders, and information written on the original folders was transcribed into description at the file level in this finding aid.

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:

Princeton University Library Collection of Princeton University Materials; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/7s75df969
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1-5; P-000081