The Mudd Manuscript Library received 8 public policy accessions and 31 University Archives accessions between January and March 2010.
In January, the Library purchased a rare pamphlet written in Yiddish supporting Woodrow Wilson’s bid for reelection 1917. The pamphlet is one of only a handful of Yiddish-language Wilsoniana known to exist (accession number ML.2010.003).
In addition, in March the Library purchased a personal notebook by James Forrestal containing records of meetings and conversations as well as Forrestal’s thoughts on current events for the year 1949. The notebook, which is typed but contains a number of handwritten items, seamlessly complements Mudd’s prior holdings of Forrestal’s diaries. It is especially noteworthy because Forrestal was in the habit of typing even his personal notes, making this one of the scarce examples of Forrestal’s handwriting (accession number ML.2010.008).
Coming soon in New Accessions, Part II will be an accessions highlight from the University Archives– the Elijah Rosengrant Lecture Notebook, 1791.
The following is a complete list of materials that were accessioned between January through March 2010. As always, if you would like additional information about these materials, please contact us through our general email account .
The Mudd Manuscript Library received seven public policy accessions and 31 University Archives accessions between October and December 2009.
One of the highlights is an architectural rendering of Commencement Hall (now called Alexander Hall) that was published in American Architect and Building News on December 12, 1891. The rendering was created prior to the building’s construction, which began in 1892, in accordance with architect William A. Potter’s design.
First occupied in 1894, Alexander Hall was built to accommodate commencement exercises and other large gatherings. Today, the Romanesque-style structure is one of Princeton’s most recognizable buildings and it is home to the Richardson Auditorium concert hall.
The following is a complete list of materials that were accessioned between October and December of 2009. As always, if you would like additional information about these materials, please contact us through our general email account .
The following materials were accessioned April through June this year. As always, anyone interested in additional information about the new materials should contact the library through our general email account.
Accessions Highlight: Whig Clio Records Accrual, circa 1850-1970s (AR.2009.049)
Among our recent accessions are several documents and publications from Princeton’s two original political, literary and debating societies, the Cliosophic Society (1770-1941), and the American Whig Society (1769-1941); as well as some material from the American Whig-Cliosophic Society (1942-present), which was created when the two societies merged.
One item– a letter written in 1870 from John Laird ’1871 to the members of the American Whig Society– reveals the intense secrecy that enshrouded the two societies prior to their merger. Laird, a member of the Cliosophic Society, wrote to apologize to the Whigs for mistakenly entering Whig Hall rather than Clio Hall on a rainy November day.
He assures the Whigs that
“I saw nothing and could not now describe the appearance of your Hall even of the few feet I entered…I am exceedingly sorry that such a thing occurred and I assure you that not a word of information regarding the interior of even the few feet I entered shall be uttered by me.”
The following materials were accessioned in February and March this year. As always, anyone interested in additional information about the new materials should contact the library through our general email account
Among the new accessions to the University Archives is an issue of Old Nassau (pictured below), which was likely the personal copy of Jimmy Stewart ’32 (accession number AR.2009016). Following his death in 1997, Stewart’s estate donated a large number of the actor’s books to the Friends of the Beverly Hills Library to be sold in their used book store. The wife of Kenneth Goldman ’64, a volunteer at the book store, spotted the volume and purchased it for her husband.
Kenneth Goldman donated the book to the University Archives this spring. Published in 1905, the limited edition book tells the story of Princeton’s anthem. It includes an autobiography of Karl Langlotz (composer of the music for Old Nassau); biographical information about Harlan Page Peck, Class of 1862 (author of the song’s lyrics); various musical arrangements for the song; as well as information about Princeton in the years 1858 through 1862. The pages below show Peck’s lyrics, which were first published in the Nassau Literary Magazine in 1859.
The list below includes information on items and collections accessioned in December 2008 and January 2009. There were 17 Princeton University Archives accessions added to our collections during this period. As always, anyone interested in additional information about the accessions listed below should contact the library through our general email account .
Princeton University Archives
Among the University Archives accessions for this period was an accrual for the Program in Latin American Studies Records, 1949-2008 [AR.2008.162]. The Program was founded in 1966 as an interdisciplinary course of study to supplement undergraduate and graduate curriculum. The Program in Latin American Studies Records documents the program from its beginnings to the present day.
Additional Accessions Include:
Peter B. Lewis Library Bookmark, 2008
Correspondence of Harry Zebulon O’Brien, Class of 1899, Additions
James McCosh Letter, 1878
Three Score and Nine, Recollections and Reflections of Cornelius P. Trowbridge, 1898-1967
Arthur C. Eschenlauer Correspondence and Memorabilia, 1952-1956
Miscellaneous Princeton Publications, 1947-1999
Class of 1944 Alumni Indices, 1944-1961
Scrapbook of Gilbert N. McMillan, Class of 1890, and Photographs, 1888-1890, 1918
Photograph Album of William Alsop Bours, Class of 1904, 1900-1904
Scrapbook of Weld Merrick Stevens, Class of 1904, and Stevens Family Journal, 1898-1904
Thomas Meeker Papers on Admission to Princeton University, 1949-1956
Lewis Library Dedication Materials and Miscellaneous Library Brochures, 2008
Life Begins at Eighty, An Autobiography by Richard Esterbrook McConnell, Class of 1946, circa 2005
Library Handbooks, 1976-1983
Professor John Wheeler Memorial Reception DVD, 2008
Lectures on Criticism by John Witherspoon, 1794 (currently undergoing preservation treatment)
The list below includes information on items and collections accessioned in October and November 2008. As always, anyone interested in additional information about the accessions listed below should contact the library through our general email account .
In November, the University Archives was pleased to receive a donation of materials relating to Princeton’s 1948 one-fifty pound crew team. The team traveled to England to compete in the Henley Royal Regatta and came home as victorious winners of the Thames Challenge Cup. The crew team’s coach, Davis Spencer, Class of 1945, collected the materials which include a scrapbook, photographs and memorabilia. The photograph below depicts the 1948 crew team (Gift of Susan Spencer Cramer, AR.2008.149).
Additional University Archives accessions in October and November 2008 include:
Office of Development Donor Files, 1958-2003
Triangle Club Records, 1923-2007
Princeton University Course Offerings 2008-2009
Committee to Defend America, Miscellaneous Publications, 1940, undated
Memorials to Kenneth Barnhart II, Class of 1945, 2008
Photograph of Princeton Athlete, William Bonthron, Class of 1934
Graduate Alumni Records, 2000-2008
Woodrow Wilson School Policy Conference Proceedings, 2008
Independent Concentrators’ Academic Files from the Dean of the College, 1972-2001
To the Mountains of the Moon, Library Exhibition Poster, 2007
Memorials Research for the Princeton Alumni Weekly, Class of 1951, 1950-2008
Digital Images: Princeton President Shapiro with U.S. President Bill Clinton, and Princeton Students at a Bonfire, 1996, 2006
Miscellaneous Publications, 1950-2000
Correspondence of Harry Zebulon O’Brien, Class of 1899, 1897-1899
Gifts to Princeton, 2007-2008
Framed Print of Child in Princeton Graduation Garb, circa 1900
Class of 1973 Reunions Photographs, 2003-2007
Schedule of Classes, Spring Term 2008-2009
Alumni Council Committee on Reunions Correspondence Regarding Alcohol Use Policies, 1991-1992
Davis Spencer, Class of 1945, Crew Scrapbook and Memorabilia, 1947-1948
International Center Records, 1982-2002
Alumni Council Materials, 1950-2000
Raymond J. Woodrow Materials and Office of Research and Project Administration Document, 1977, undated
Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Manuscripts Division General Manuscripts, 1773-1965
Auxiliary to the Isabella McCosh Infirmary Records, 1981-2001
Public Policy Papers accessions in October and November 2008 include:
The list below includes information on items and collections accessioned in August and September 2008. There were no Public Policy Papers accessioned during this period. As always, anyone interested in additional information about the accessions listed below should contact the library through our .
Princeton University Archives
Autograph Book of Valentine Hummel Berghaus, Class of 1864
This leather bound and gilt-embossed autograph book belonged to Valentine Hummel Berghaus, Class of 1864. Nearly each page in the book is filled with messages from Berghaus’ classmates. Although the binding of the book is in poor condition, its individual pages are in excellent shape (see the images below). The book will be sent to the conservation lab for repairs and then it will be added to the Autograph Book Collection. Autograph books document student life at Princeton University in the 19th century.
Additional materials accessioned in August and September 2008 include:
Princeton University Course Syllabi 1960s, and Memorabilia, 1920s
Historical Postcard Collection Accrual and Letter Written by Joseph Eckley, Class of 1772
Photographs of the Interior of the Charter Club, circa 1915
Papers of Former Woodrow Wilson School Faculty Member, Edward Tiryakian,
“Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and the Tasks of the Russian Novel,” Alumni Studies Lecture by Professor Caryl Emerson, Audio Cassette, 2001
Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding Records, 1970-2001
Butler College Student Academic Records, circa 2004-2008
Wilson College Student Academic Records, circa 2004-2008
Annual Reports to the President from Academic Departments, 2005-2007
Minutes of the Board of Trustees, 2007
Class of 1894 Records, 1890-1949
Richardson Auditorium Programs, 2007-2008
Alumni Council Records Accrual, 1970-1998
Library Records from Technical Services Department, 1915-2004
Faculty and Professional Staff Files, circa 1994-2003
Class of 1930 Memorabilia and Princeton Publications, 1926-1970
Office of Communications Photographs, 1983-2001
Class of 1953 50th Reunion Yearbook, 2003
Department of Architecture Senior Theses, 1995-2001
Office of the President Records Accrual, 1957-1998