American Civil Liberties Union Records Processing Funded


The Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library is pleased to announce that the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) has awarded the library funding to process a 2,000 linear foot addition to the American Civil Liberties Union Records, making these important materials more accessible to researchers. Work on this two year project will commence in July, with completion set for June 30, 2011. Adriane Hanson, who previously completed NHPRC-funded projects to process the George Kennan and James Forrestal Papers and Mudd’s economics collections, will manage the project.

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From the Archives…Bob Bradley ’80

Long before he was coaching the US National Soccer Team at the World Cup, Bob Bradley ’80 was Princeton’s coach of twelve years. During this time, he led the Tigers to a pair of Ivy League titles and an appearance in the 1993 College Cup.


Bob Bradley as a freshman. Princeton University Archives: Undergraduate Alumni Records, 1921-2008

Before that, he was a Princeton student as well. A history major, Bradley wrote his senior thesis on “The History of Intercollegiate Athletics at Princeton,” and was joint top scorer on the 1979 team that was Princeton’s most successful up to that point. Bradley was also a varsity baseball player during his freshman year, and a broadcaster at WPRB as a junior and senior.

One of Bradley’s assistants, Jesse Marsch ’96 was also a Princeton student. Marsch was named All-American in 1995 while playing on Bradley’s team.


Jesse Marsch ’96, Photo by Greg McDermott, Princeton University Archives: Undergraduate Alumni Records, 1921-2008

-John DeLooper

Does Princeton Have a Mandatory Swim Test?

Dear Mr. Mudd,

Is it true that Princeton has a mandatory swim test for freshmen? Furthermore, was this test instituted after the drowning death of an alumnus, whose parents gave the university a pool on the condition that all students were trained to swim to prevent such a tragedy from ever occurring again?

New Students Card for William Humphreys ‘1928
Historical Subject File, Box 122, Folder 7

Princeton did indeed have a swim test, but this test was not instituted because of the death of an alumnus. It is, however, easy to see why this story would develop and create a lasting legend.

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History of Opening Exercises

Dear Mr. Mudd,

What is the history of Princeton’s Opening Exercises, and how long have they been held at the Chapel?

1986 Opening Exercises, Office of Communications Records, Box 172

Pursuant to your question on when Opening Exercises began and how long the ceremony has been held in the Chapel, the earliest documented “opening exercise” I could find was in 1802, held in Nassau Hall. There is a newspaper clipping to that effect in Historical Subject Files, Box 312. I also checked the index to Trustees Minutes but did not see anything there.

The first time the gathering is referred to as “opening exercises” is in 1904. It was previously referred to in the General Catalogue as an assembly.

Opening Exercises have been held in the University Chapel since 1929. After Nassau Hall, they were held in Marquand Chapel. After Marquand burned, they were held in Alexander Hall until the completion of the University Chapel.

Opening Exercises Procession at Marquand Chapel,
Historical Photograph Collection: Grounds & Buildings, Box MP29


Christie Lutz

Putting the Pieces Together

How Gregg Lange Connected Six Degrees of Princeton’s African-American History

Readers of the January 13, 2010, issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly online may have noticed Gregg Lange’s article “Six degrees of Princeton’s African-American history.” In search of details for his Rally ‘Round the Cannon column, Lange ’70 has become a regular visitor to the University Archives at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, using dozens of Mudd’s collections to explore and share facets of Princeton University History. The links he has formed from those years of research, combined with keen insight, and personal connections to the parties involved helped him draw the connections that link John Maclean Jr. ‘1816 to Michelle Obama ‘1985.

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Nicholas Thompson, author of “The Hawk and the Dove” to speak at WWS, Feb. 17

Nicholas Thompson, a Senior Research Fellow of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation and the author of “The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War,” will present a public talk titled, “The Hawk and the Dove: how Nitze and Kennan shaped the Cold War and the relevancy of their ideas today,” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17, in Bow 016, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus. A book signing and public reception will immediately follow the talk in the Bernstein gallery.

Nicholas Thompson

Thompson is a senior editor at Wired Magazine and an official panelist on CNN International’s “Connect the World” with Becky Anderson. He is the author of the new book, “The Hawk and the Dove” which examines the strategies of political rivals and friends Paul Nitze and George Kennan for winning the Cold War.

Thompson, the grandson of Paul Nitze, conducted much of his research in the George F. Kennan Papers held at Princeton’s Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library.

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Mudd Collection Joins UNESCO Memory of the World Register

The W. Arthur Lewis Papers were added to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in July 2009. Sir William Arthur Lewis was a pioneer in the field of development economics and a leading authority on economic growth.

Professor William A. Lewis (center) with Chief C.D. Akran, Western Nigeria Minister of Economic Planning and Chief J.A. Oshuntoken, Western Nigeria Minister of Lands and Labour, circa 1956 in London

His academic work ranged from an interest in economic planning in industrialized countries to an interest in economic development of developing countries and an interest in the international trading system. He also served as the United Nations Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, as the Deputy Managing Director of the United Nations Special Fund, and also as the Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies and as the founding president of the Caribbean Development Bank.

Lewis also broke several racial barriers during his career. In 1979, he became the first man of color to be awarded an academic Nobel Prize (Economics) for his analysis of not only economic growth but also the structural transformation of the economies of Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.


UNESCO Memory of the World Certificate Awarded to Mudd in recognition of the William Arthur Lewis Papers

The Memory of the World Programme was started in 1992 to “guard against collective amnesia by calling upon the preservation of the valuable archives holdings and library collections all over the world ensuring their wide dissemination.” UNESCO has many programs to promote the preservation, access, and awareness of the importance of archival and library collections around the world. The Register, begun in 1996, is composed of descriptions of collections of world significance. Thirty-five collections were added to the Register this year, including the Diaries of Anne Frank, the Magna Carta, and the League of Nations Archives. The Lewis Papers were submitted for consideration to the Register by the National Archives Authority of Saint Lucia.

-Adriane Hanson

New Accessions: July through September 2009


The accessions from this period include the results of a 30th Reunion Survey of the Class of ’76 [AR.2009.060]. This accession is one of a growing number of materials that come to the University Archives solely in digital format. Some digital accessions are born-digital (items that originated in digital format) and some are digitized by donors before arriving at the archives. They come to the archives in variety of ways: on a storage media such as CDs, DVDs, or external hard drives, or they are simply emailed to us as a file attachment.

The Mudd Manuscript Library is continually working to find effective ways to deliver digital content to patrons. Many of our digital accessions are made available to the public by linking them directly to our online finding aids. The 30th Reunion Survey Results for the Class of ’76, for example, is linked to the Class Records finding aid in the contents list under “Class of 1976” (see illustration above). Another example of born-digital materials that are accessible through an online finding aid are the Tiger Family Hockey Newsletters. A recent addition to our Public Policy Papers holdings, the World Press Freedom Committee Records, included nearly 1.5 gigabytes of files sent to us on a 4 gigabyte flash drive. Though the records are not fully processed, the electronic files are available via the online finding aid for the collection thanks to an agreement with World Press Freedom Committee.

The following is a complete list of materials that were accessioned July through September this year. As always, anyone interested in additional information about these materials should contact the library through our general email account

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Princeton University Archives Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Open House Event

The Princeton University Archives at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.

The library will grant public access to its collections storage areas for archivist-led tours, offering visitors an extraordinary firsthand look at more than 250 years’ worth of collected University history and lore. The rarely exhibited 1748 charter of the College of New Jersey also will be on display.

This piece of parchment, which is stamped with the royal seal of King George II, stands as the University’s founding document and is a cornerstone of the archives’ collections.

(Photo by Roel Muňoz.)

Also on display during the open house will be “‘The Best Old Place of All’: Treasures from the Princeton University Archives,” a commemorative exhibition featuring some of the most historically significant documents and objects from the archives collections alongside seldom-seen treasures. Highlights include the earliest diploma (from a member of the Class of 1749, the second class to graduate from Princeton), a set of handwritten student lecture notes from the time of John Witherspoon, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s grade card.

The Princeton University Archives officially was established in October 1959 to collect records created by University faculty, staff and students. These records document University administration, the development of academic departments and programs, and student life. The University Archives consists of more than 15,000 linear feet of records. Since 1976 it has been housed in the Mudd Manuscript Library, where a sophisticated security system, environmental controls and a Halon fire suppression system ensure the protection and preservation of the library’s holdings. The library serves more than 5,000 researchers each year and currently is in the midst of several processing initiatives aimed at increasing digital access to the collections for remote users around the world.

The Mudd Manuscript Library is located at 65 Olden St. Open house tours will begin at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Additional information about the library, its programs and its holdings is available at

Did Julia Child’s Father Attend Princeton?

Dear Dr. Mudd,

In reading a biography of Julia Child, I noticed her father attended Princeton. Can you tell me any more details?

With the release of Nora Ephron’s new film, Julie and Julia, Julia Child, the doyenne of television cooking shows, is receiving a lot of buzz, and her life and legend have been discovered by a new generation of cooks. A search of our collections confirmed that her father, John McWilliams, Jr. Class of 1901, attended Princeton, and also revealed that three of her cousins, Charles “Mac” McWilliams ’29, John P. McWilliams II ’31, and J. Alexander McWilliams ’35 attended as well.

Julia Child’s father John McWilliams ‘1901

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