Contents and Arrangement

Subseries 2C: Princeton University, Administration and Faculty, 1915-1934

27 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The Princeton University Subseries documents Smith's service on the Committee on University Organization, as Executive Secretary to the University President, and as a lecturer. Smith's Princeton records hold special significance because University President John Grier Hibben's papers are scarce due to the destruction of his records. Thus Smith's records provide the only insight into the Hibben administration during the 1920s. The bulk of the material covers Smith's time on campus from his 1919 arrival to his 1931 departure. The documents consist of office-related materials, correspondence, memoranda, and meeting minutes. The Committee on University Organization section includes documents created while Smith chaired the committee, which attempted to determine the efficiency and structure of the University and offer recommendations. The bulk of the material consists of drafts, reports, surveys, and correspondence with university employees and administration. The Endowment Fund/Princeton Fund section covers the time Smith spent leading fund-raising operations for the Princeton Fund. The bulk of the material consists of meeting minutes and correspondence with prospective donors. The Executive Secretary section documents a wide variety of issues about Princeton during the 1920s. Items of interest include numerous documents concerning proposed changes to the university's administrative structure, to fundraising efforts, and to academic departments. Also included is correspondence with university administration, committees, and departments as well as various surveys and feedback from students and faculty. Documents of interest include reports from the committee assigned by President Hibben to monitor the Philadelphian Society and Smith's letter of resignation and statement of reasons for leaving the university. Some printed matter included, mostly in the form of annual reports from University committees and departments. Documents related to Smith's time as a faculty member are also contained within the Executive Secretary section. Due to the nature of Smith's personal file organization, it is impossible to extract the lecturer records from the executive secretary records.


The Princeton University Subseries is divided into three sections: Committee on University Organization, Endowment Fund/Princeton Fund, and Executive Secretary. Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject within each section.

Collection History


All postal employee and military service referrals and applications, some law-related printed material from Colorado, and many duplicates have been removed.


These papers were processed with an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Casey Babcock, Raegen Reber '07, Ilana Lucas '07, Philip Grace '09, Brendon Pritchard '07, in 2006-2007. Finding aid written by Casey Babcock in 2007. Materials from the December 2007 acquisition were incorporated into the collection and the finding aid was updated at this time. An oversized certificate (ML-2021-016) was found in the collection during the Mudd renovation and added to the finding aid in 2021 by Will Clements.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

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.

The audio portion of the Smith Papers at the Mudd Manuscript Library is currently on 16" and 12" acetates and a 5" reel-to-reel tape.

Credit this material:

Subseries 2C: Princeton University, Administration and Faculty; H. Alexander Smith Papers, MC120, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Materials

Other material at the Mudd Manuscript Library relating to H. Alexander Smith includes his faculty file and the alumni and faculty Offprint Collection, which are held in the Princeton University Archives. Additionally, Mudd holds the records of the Council on Foreign Relations, of which Smith was a member. Mudd Library's public policy holdings also include the papers of several colleagues of Smith. The John Foster Dulles Papers, Walter E. Edge Papers, Peter H. B. Frelinghuysen Papers, Arthur Krock Papers, and Frank Thompson Papers all include material related to Smith.


These papers formed the foundation for William M. Leary, Jr.'s 1966 Princeton dissertation Smith of New Jersey: A Biography of H. Alexander Smith, United States Senator from New Jersey, 1944-1959 (P685.1966.571 c.1.).

Smith of New Jersey: A Biography of H. Alexander Smith, United States Senator from New Jersey, 1944-1959 by William M. Leary, Jr. was consulted. Material from the Smith Papers and Smith's faculty file also provided information used in the biography.

United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Education and Labor
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations
Republican Party (N.J.). State Committee.
Princeton University
Princeton University. Class of 1901.
Dulles, John Foster (1888-1959)
Edison, Charles A., 1890-1969
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
Hibben, John Grier (1861-1933)
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964
MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964.