Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Historical Records Survey, 1896-1943

11 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The Historical Records Survey Series documents the WPA survey in New Jersey. Included are documents from several features of the project. The bulk of the documents in the series relate to the New Jersey WPA's mission to catalog and preserve materials which represented local government and cultural history. Due to the short lifespan of the Historical Records Survey, the projected scope of the survey was not fulfilled.


The Historical Records Survey Series is divided into three subseries: Protection and Preservation of Cultural Resources in New Jersey, Survey of State and Local Historical Records, Princeton University Library and Reports.

Collection History


Duplicates of reports were 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 in 2007. Finding aid written by Casey Babcock in 2007.

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.

Credit this material:

Series 1: Historical Records Survey; New Jersey Works Progress Administration Records, MC144, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-11

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Related Materials

Additional records of the New Jersey Works Progress Administration, Writers' Project, and Historical Records Survey can be found at the New Jersey State Archives and the New Jersey Historical Society.


Material within the New Jersey Works Progress Administration Records provided the information for the descriptions. The New Jersey State Archives website provided some of the information in the history (please see: as did the National Archives and Records Administration record on the Works Progress Administration (please see:

Archaeological Society of New Jersey.
New Jersey Historical Records Survey Project
New Jersey Works Progress Administration