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Princeton University. Library. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
John C. Bogle Papers
Public Policy Papers
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1948-2017 (mostly 1974-2000)
17 boxes
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-17


John C. Bogle (1929-2019) founded the mutual fund company Vanguard and is a leader in the mutual fund industry. He is an outspoken advocate for low-cost investing, index funds, and the rights of investors, and a critic of the mutual fund industry. Bogle's papers document his career with Vanguard and Wellington Management Company, and his involvement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and include his speeches and correspondence, reports, memoranda, and clippings.

Collection Description & Creator Information


Bogle's papers document his career with Vanguard and Wellington Management Company, and his involvement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and include his speeches and correspondence, reports, memoranda, and clippings.

About half of the papers are composed of Bogle's speech and correspondence files. The majority of Bogle's speeches were delivered while he was at Vanguard, but also include some earlier speeches while he was employed by Wellington, and were presented at meetings of professional organization, universities and business classes, and to Vanguard employees. In the speeches, Bogle discussed mutual funds, investing strategies, the success of Vanguard, critiques of the mutual fund industry, the responsibilities of companies to their investors, and capitalism. Bogle's correspondence is largely with colleagues in the investment and financial industries or investors and discusses mutual funds, investing, and Vanguard. The letters include deliberations on the ideas presented in Bogle's writings and the writings of others, letters from satisfied investors, congratulatory letters from colleagues as Bogle reached milestones in his career, and invitations to events. The correspondence also includes letters from employees of Vanguard about their ideas and concerns for the company, and with fund directors on managing the funds.

The remaining papers include materials pertaining to the Security and Exchange Commission and to Bogle's career at Vanguard and Wellington. The Security and Exchange Commission materials include papers pertaining to rulings by the SEC about Vanguard and reports and correspondence submitted by Bogle and Vanguard to the SEC leadership with their opinions on the mutual fund industry. The main subjects include advertising, the independence of auditors, and the responsibilities of companies to investors. The papers related to Bogle's career at Vanguard include reports on the funds' performances and objectives, articles on indexing and Vanguard's first index fund, and organizational materials on Vanguard such as strategic planning documents, press releases, SEC hearings, and a manual for the board of directors. The papers related to Bogle's career at Wellington include his articles on mutual funds and reports to employees, clippings on Wellington and the investment industry, and reports, meeting minutes, and memoranda on the restructuring of Wellington in 1974 that resulted in the formation of Vanguard.


The Papers are arranged alphabetically by subject or document type.

Collection History


This collection was donated by John C. Bogle in December 2004 , with additions from 2005 to 2007 .

Mr. Bogle donated his 2008 and 2009 speeches in April 2017 [ML.2017.009], his 2010 and 2011 speeches in May 2017 [ML.2017.015], his 2012 and 2013 speeches in June 2017 [ML.2017.020], and his 2014 and 2015 speeches in September 2017 [ML.2017.025). In March 2018, he donated his 2016 speeches and publications from 2015-2017 [ML.2018.002].

Archival Appraisal Information:

Publications have been removed from this collection to be cataloged separately.

A small number of documents in Box 1 have been line-redacted due to personally identifiable information.


These papers were processed with the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Fund, and John C. Bogle.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Adriane Hanson and Christopher Shannon in 2007. Material arrived in five accessions between 2004 and 2007. Processing activities included re-housing material in archival folders and boxes and arranging materials into series as identified in the finding aid. Finding aid written by Adriane Hanson in May 2007. Materials in two subsequent accruals in 2008 and 2012 were incorporated into the existing collection and the finding aid was updated at this time. Additional materials received in 2017-2018 were incorporated into the collection by Rachel Van Unen.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, any copyright vested in the donor has passed to Princeton University and researchers are free to move forward with use of materials without anything further from Mudd Library. For materials not created by the donor, where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. In these instances, researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use. 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.

Special Requirements for Access:

Thirteen VHS tapes of Bogle's television appearances are located in Box 10. Access to this material follows the Mudd Manuscript Library policy for preservation and access to audiovisual materials.

Credit this material:

John C. Bogle Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Material:

This collection is part of a group of 28 Mudd Manuscript Library collections related to 20th century economic thought and development which were processed as part of a National Historical Publications and Records Commission funded project. Researchers wishing to access these collections should search for the subject "Economics--20th century" or related terms in the Princeton University Library Main Catalog. Researchers may also consult our LibGuide on Economics Collections at the Mudd Libary.

Publication Note:

The following sources were consulted during preparation of the biographical note: "Bogle Financial Markets Research Center" on the Vanguard website, Accessed April 23, 2006. Bogle, John C., Class of 1951; Undergraduate Alumni Records, Box 313; University Archives, Special Collections, Princeton University. John Bogle and the Vanguard Experiment by Robert Slater. Irwin Professional Publishing: Chicago, 1997.

Subject Terms:
Economics -- 20th century.
Index mutual funds.
Investment advisors -- United States.
Investments -- United States.
Mutual funds.
Genre Terms:
Wellington Management Company
United States. Securities and Exchange Commission
Vanguard Group of Investment Companies
Bogle, John C. (1929-)