Contents and Arrangement

Subseries 1A: Alphabetical Correspondence, 1930-1977

19 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The Alphabetical Correspondence Subseries includes files compiled by Notestein, Ansley J. Coale, and their secretaries. Files are titled by organization and individual names, or subject; those labeled only with a letter (e.g., "A") include correspondence from individuals whose last name begins with that letter or organizational titles beginning with that letter. Some cross-referencing was provided within the files, handwritten on green sheets of paper, presumably by a secretary. The majority of these files contain business correspondence to and from Notestein, with a large percentage being copies of his outgoing correspondence. The correspondence details Notestein's consultation and research work, his critiques of the work of other demographers and scientists, reports and speeches by Notestein and others, as well as the business of the Office of Population Research and the Population Council. Some of the correspondence is also to and from Ansley J. Coale, who took over Notestein's duties at the Office of Population Research after 1959. Notable correspondents include Dr. Irene Taeuber, Frank Lorimer, Frederick Osburn, and Bernard Berelson, all noted leaders in the field of population research. Incoming correspondence included many requests for reviews and commentary, as well as requests for information about fellowship programs and assistance for demographic studies at Princeton.


The Alphabetical Correspondence subseries is arranged alphabetically by folder title (assigned by Notestein, Coale, or a secretary).

Collection History


No information on appraisal is available for this collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jennifer Cole in October 2005. Finding aid written by Jennifer Cole in October 2005. The microfilm in box 33 was added by Christie Peterson in June 2012 and the finding aid was updated at this time.

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, any copyright vested in the donor has passed to The Trustees of Princeton University and researchers do not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with use of donor-created materials within the collection. For materials in the collection not created by the donor, or where the material is not an original, the copyright is likely not held by the University. In these instances, 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. 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 a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting 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:

Subseries 1A: Alphabetical Correspondence; Frank W. Notestein Papers, MC184, 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 Frank W. Notestein includes his faculty file, part of the University Archives Collection. Additionally, Mudd holds the archives of the Council on Foreign Relations, of which Notestein was a member. Mudd Library has a strong collection in economics and demography including the papers of Alfred J. Lotka, Ansley J. Coale, and the Hugh Moore Fund, which may also be of interest to researchers.


Material within the Notestein Papers, notably from the Personal Series, provided the information for the biography on Notestein.

Council on foreign relations
United Nations
United States
United States. Bureau of the Census.
The Rockefeller Foundation
Milbank Memorial Fund
Population association of America
Population Council
Princeton University
Princeton University
Princeton University. Office of Population Research.
Berelson, Bernard, 1912-1979.
Coale, Ansley J. (1917-2002)
Lorimer, Frank, 1894-1985
Taeuber, Irene B. (Irene Barnes), 1906-1974