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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections and Fine, Henry B. (Henry Burchard), 1858-1928
Henry B. Fine Collection on Woodrow Wilson
Public Policy Papers
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1 box
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Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1


Consists of eleven letters from Woodrow Wilson to Princeton professor Henry B. Fine and other documents related to Wilson.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of eleven letters from Woodrow Wilson to Henry B. Fine and other documents related to Wilson. The letters were sent from the White House, and are dated October 1916 to July 1922. The documents include Fine's typescripts of "A Narrative of Wilson's Presidency of Princeton University" and "Review of the Controversies in the Administration of President Wilson at Princeton," and a copy of Wilson's article on "The Ideal University."


Arranged by accession number.

Collection Creator Biography:

Fine, Henry B. (Henry Burchard), 1858-1928

Henry Burchard Fine (Princeton Class of 1880), the first and only dean of the departments of science, was one of the men who did most to help Princeton develop from a college into a university. He served as an editor of The Princetonian, where he began a life-long friendship with Woodrow Wilson (Princeton Class of 1879). After Woodrow Wilson returned to Princeton as professor of jurisprudence in 1890, he and Fine resumed the close friendship they had begun in college days. In 1903, shortly after he became president of the University, Wilson appointed Fine dean of the faculty of science. After his election as president of the United States, Wilson urged Fine to accept appointment as ambassador to Germany and later as a member of the Federal Reserve Board, but Fine declined both appointments, saying that he preferred to remain at Princeton as a professor of mathematics.

Collection History


The letters were a gift of Mrs. Bradford B. Locke in 1963.

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 after transfer from Manuscripts Division.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by James Flannery on February 16, 2006. Finding aid created by James Flannery on February 16, 2006.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

This 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, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.

Credit this material:

Henry B. Fine Collection on Woodrow Wilson; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
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Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
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Related Material:

This collection is part of a group of over 20 collections held at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library related to Woodrow Wilson, which can be located by searching for the subject "Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924" on the Princeton Finding Aids website or in the Princeton Library Main Catalog.

Please see Woodrow Wilson: A Guide to Selected Resources in the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library for more particulars.

Genre Terms:
Correspondence -- 20th century
Typescripts--20th century.
Princeton university
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.