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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New Accessions: April through June 2009

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 full letter is pictured below.




For more information on these collections, see the finding aid for the Cliosophic Society Records, 1789-1941; the American Whig Society Records, 1802-1941; and the

American Whig-Cliosophic Society Records,1908-1992.

The following is a listing of all of the materials accessioned from April to June 2009.

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New Accessions: February and March 2009

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.


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Additional information can be found on the finding aid for the Old Nassau Collection at the Mudd Manuscript Library; and on the Princetoniana Committee Web page “Old Nassau, History of the Song”

A complete list of materials accessioned in February and March follows.

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New Accessions at the Mudd Library: December 2008 – January 2009

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)


New Accessions: October and November 2008

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:

Jeffrey E. Fuller Papers, 1930-1970


Harlan Cleveland Papers, 1937-2007


Leo P. Crespi Papers, 1940-1980s


Richard A. Musgrave Papers, 1920s-2007


Harlan Cleveland Photographs, 1946-1970


New Accessions: August and September 2008

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 general email account.

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


Mudd Library New Accessions, July 2008: More than Meets the Eye

This month’s highlighted accession is a Princeton University flag signed by director Michael Bay, Shia Lebouf, and other cast members of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (accession number: AR.2008.108) . To answer the most commonly asked question about this accession: Optimus Prime was, unfortunately, unavailable for the signing. The flag was obtained by the Communications Office while Transformers was filming in Princeton earlier in the summer and transferred to the University Archives.


The list below includes information on items and collections accessioned in July 2008. Though they do not relate to future summer blockbusters, their evidential and/or informational value is at least as high as that of the Transformers flag. As always, anyone interested in additional information about the accessions listed below should contact the library through our general email account.

Public Policy Papers

Council on Foreign Relations Records Accrual, 1996-1999


Princeton University Archives

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Photo-Identification Cards and Photographs, 1993-1997


Newspaper Clippings, Ephemera and Photographs of Princeton Alumni, 1963-1988


Constitution and By-Laws of the Metropolitan Club of the City of Washington, 1966


“Going Back” Fifty-Two Members of the Class of 1952 Revisit Their Undergraduate Days, undated


Princeton Summer Theater Brochures and Promotional Correspondence, 2008


Princeton Summer Theater Promotional Materials and Newspaper Clippings, 2005-2007


Princetoniana Committee Oral History Project Accrual, 1994


Rockefeller College Student Academic Files, 2004-2008


Office of Communications Faculty Files, 1948-2008


Class of 1883, 45th Reunion Buttons and Princeton Lapel Pin, 1928, undated


Grade and Attendance Book for History 102 Precepts, 1957


Fifth Year Record of the Class of 1906, 1912


Student Course Guides, 1978, 1985


Class of 1970 Alumni Materials and Henry Martin ’48 File, 1945-2001


Office of Stewardship Scholarship Files for Classes 1909-1922, 1971-2000


Mathey College Student Academic Files, 1989-2008


Near Eastern Studies Department Records, 1976-1999


Theatre Intime Photographs, 1977-2001


Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Publications: “News” and “Hotline,” 1997-2007


The Progressive Review, Correspondence File of John Oakes, 1982-1983


Law School of the College of New Jersey Document, 1846


Autograph Book Belonging to Charles Dunning, Class of 1883, 1883


Flag Signed by Director and Cast of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, 2008


Mudd Library New Accessions: May/June 2008

The list below includes information on items and collections accessioned in May and June 2008. As always, anyone interested in additional information about the accessions listed below should contact the library through our general email account.

Public Policy Papers

John Van Antwerp MacMurray Films, circa 1926-1928


Allen Macy Dulles Papers, 1940-2007


United States Senators Photographic Negatives, 1956-1980. Includes images of Howard Alexander Smith ’01, Bill Bradley ’65 and George McGovern.


Allen W. Dulles Papers Accrual, 1926-1968. Consists of correspondence between Allen Welsh Dulles and George Gaevernitz regarding the making of a film about Operation Sunrise in World War II. Also includes a document purported to be a forged Bank of England twenty pound note produced in a World War II era concentration camp. (see image below.) ML.2008.019 banknote_sm

Marten Van Heuven Speaking Notes, 2007-2008


Margaret Snyder Papers Accrual, 1977-2005


Princeton University Archives

Clarence Porter Cowles and Woodrow Wilson Digital Images, 2008


Class of 1873 Student Photograph Album, 1873


John Archibald Wheeler Digital Images, undated


Michelle Obama Digital Image, circa 1985


Princeton Tiger Editorial Board Photograph, 1947


Class of 1909 Ceramic Mugs, undated


Class of 1945 Mini-Reunion Trip Photographs and Letter, 2008


Photographs by Marie Bellis, 1969-1975


John Cobb Cooper Papers, 1917-1966


Physics Notebook of Robert H. Dicke, Class of 1939, circa 1935-1939


Princeton University Library Records Cotsen Children’s Library Accrual, circa 2003-2004


Class of 1971 Twenty-fifth Reunion Survey Materials, 1990-1996


Stuart R. Stevenson Letter and Charter Club Document, 1917, 1943


Photocopied sources on James West Clark, Class of 1779, 1762-1996


Princeton University Store Bookmark, circa 1988


Digital Video Recording of Opening Reception for Robert Goheen Library Exhibit, 2006


Robert F. Goheen Memorial Service Programs and Audio Recordings, 2008


Opening Reception Program for Exhibition: The Alternative is Not Possible to Contemplate, Eleanor Roosevelt and a Vision of Freedom and Peace, 1985


Subject Index of the Library of Industrial Relations Section and J. Douglas Brown, A Record of Service Booklet, 1951-1959


Commencement Publications and Reunion Photograph, 1932-1946


Tom Reed Graphic Illustration: Dragons and Tigers and Dreams, Oh Yes! 2008


Reunions 2008 Program, Fan and Alumni Council Meeting Agenda, 2008


John Maclean, Jr. Papers Accrual, 1790-1890


Class of 1973, 35th Reunion Women’s Bandana, 2008


Chronicle of News Coverage On the Planning and Opening of Whitman College, 2008


George A. Vaughn, Jr. Papers, 1941-1991


Class of 1978, 30th Reunion Potato Chip Bags, 2008


Princeton School Committee Slide Show, 1967-1975


Admissions Materials, 1940-1944


Programs for the Princeton’s 16th Annual Summer Carillon Series, 2008


Digital Video Recordings of Reunion Activities and Lacrosse Game, 1927-1934


The Princeton Connection, A Century of Princetonians in Greensboro, Vermont, 1996-1999


Princeton Association of Northern Ohio Records, 2003-2007


Alumni Association Accrual, 1961-2008


Princeton University Library Records Cotsen Children’s Library Accrual, 1996-2007


Dean of the College Student Academic Files and Tulane University Visiting Student Files, 1943-2008


Dean of the College Student Academic Files from Whitman College, circa 2004-2008


Dean of the College Student Academic Files from Forbes College, 2004-2008


Office of the Treasurer Finance Committee Meeting Materials, 1999-2003


New Accessions at the Mudd Library: April 2008

As mentioned last month, Mudd staff will post lists of new accessions to the Princeton University Archives and Public Policy Papers each month. The list below includes information on items and collections accessioned in April 2008. As always, anyone interested in additional information about the accessions listed below should contact the library through our general email account.

Public Policy Papers

David A. Morse Papers Accrual, 1949-1972

Edwin S. Corwin Papers, Series 3, Professional Correspondence, Digital Files, 2008

Jessie Wilson Sayre Papers Digital Files, 2008

Charles Woodruff Yost Papers Accrual, 1933-1974

Princeton University Archives

Class of 1936 60th Reunion Planning Materials for George Washington Program; Our Side of Paradise Manuscript by Gail Tirone; and a Class of 1871 Ribbon.

Nassau Literary Magazine of October 1870; Record Books of the Class of 1871, Issues 10-15; and Photocopied Sources on Thomas Harvey Skinner Class of 1809 and Benjamin Skinner Lassiter Class of 1871.

Campus Club Records, 1909-1976
Consists of drafts of the Campus Club Constitution as amended in 1976, a 1924 Certificate of Incorporation, and several financial documents relating to the mortgage of the Campus Club property.

Campus Club Deed

Office of the Treasurer Accrual, 1986-2006

Reunion Magnets, 1992-2006

Michelle L. (Robinson) Obama ’85 Public Information File, 1985
Materials document Obama’s participation in various campus activities during her undergraduate years at Princeton.

Office of Communications Records, 1963-2008

Year Book of the Cannon Club, 1951

Princeton Sterling Silver Spoon, circa 1930s

Antonin Scalia Talk, “The Role of the Courts in a Liberal Democracy,” March 7, 2008
Talk given on the occasion of having been granted the American Whig-Cliosophic Society’s 2008 James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service. [Closed during Scalia’s lifetime.]

Center for Research on World Political Institutions Files, 1952-1958

Maclean Papers Acquired With Support of Princetoniana Committee Members


A significant collection of John Maclean, Jr. Papers has been acquired by the University Archives, thanks to the generosity of 11 Princetoniana Committee members. Maclean, President of the College of New Jersey from 1854-1868, saw the College through trying times such as the Nassau Hall fire of 1855 and the Civil War years. At the heart of the new collection are scores of letters written to Maclean during his tenure as President. The content of the letters ranges from official business of the President to personal matters of individual students. The collection also includes materials pertaining to Maclean’s parents and extended family, such as an 1814 inventory of the possessions of Maclean’s late father, the College’s first chemistry professor [See image of John Maclean Sr.’s inventory of possessions, top].

The papers complement Maclean material already held in the University Archives in the Office of President Records. “These papers represent a significant addition to our holdings on John Maclean, both in quantity and quality,” said University Archivist Dan Linke. “Maclean was an important figure in Princeton’s history, serving on its faculty and as an administrator for over 50 years. I am pleased that members of the Princetoniana Committee recognize this acquisition’s significance and that they continue their generosity in support of the Archives.”

Those who supported the acquisition are Steven Brown ’77, Dave Cleaves ’78, Scott Clemons ’90, Donald Farren ’58, Jan Kubik ’70, Gregg Lange ’70, Sev Onyshkevych ’83, Cynthia Penney ’83, Robert Rodgers ’56, Jonathan Sapan ’04, Paul Sittenfeld ’69 and Frank Sloat ’55.

A preliminary finding aid for the papers is available online. Mudd staff will process the collection this spring and a full description of the collection will be available by the summer.

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Related Collections:

Office of the President Records, 1746-1999 (bulk 1830-1869, 1933-1957) Finding Aid (AC117)

John Maclean Letters and Papers, circa 1750-1890 Finding Aid (CO342)