- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
- Find Related Materials
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Princeton University Library Collection of Princeton University Materials
- Manuscripts Division
- Permanent URL:
- 6 boxes and 2 linear feet
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 1-5; P-000081
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
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.
Materials are arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the creator, followed by unidentified and miscellaneous institutional papers.
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.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
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
- Access Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
- 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 Library Collection of Princeton University Materials; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Subject Terms:
- College students -- New Jersey -- History.
- Genre Terms:
Correspondence -- New Jersey.
Manuscripts -- 18th century.
- College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.)
Princeton University. Library
- New Jersey -- History -- 17th century.
New Jersey -- History -- 18th century.
New Jersey -- History -- 19th century.
Princeton (N.J. : Township) -- History -- Sources.