Author: Mudd Manuscript Library

  • MYTHBUSTER — “I Love Lucy” and a lost Presidential election?!

    Is there any truth to the story that a commercial for Adlai Stevenson’s campaign interrupted an episode of “I Love Lucy” and cost him the 1952 election? This story has appeared in various books and articles, but none has a verifiable citation. For example, in the book “Lucy A to Z: The Lucille Ball Encyclopedia” […]

  • Most used Princeton theses

    Dear Mr. Mudd, I was wondering what is the most popular/most requested senior thesis in the University Archives collection? This is a perennial question and the short answer is that with the exception of celebrity alumni theses, there are few theses that are pulled with any regularity, yet the collection as a whole (totaling over […]

  • Princeton’s African American Honorary Degree Recipients: Activists and Public Servants

    Since 1748, Princeton has awarded honorary degrees to individuals who had made significant contributions in various sectors of society including religion, academics, arts and culture, politics, science, military, and finance, among other fields. However, it would not be until 1951 that Princeton would confer this honor upon an African American. Since then, more than forty African Americans have been honored in this way. This post focuses on some African American activists and public servants who have received an honorary degree from Princeton University.

  • “Merge the Best of the Old with the Best of the New:” Coretta Scott King’s visits to Princeton

    Last year, as the nation celebrated the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, we posted an entry entitled “Martin Luther King Jr.’s visits to Princeton,” which highlighted the various collections at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library containing archival materials related to Dr. King and his 1960 and 1962 visits to Princeton. To […]

  • Meet Mudd’s Maureen Callahan

    Maureen made fast friends with this warthog who was a part of the hotel where she was staying while working on an archives project at the University of Fort Hare in Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Name/Title: Maureen Callahan – Public Policy Papers Project Archivist Title/Duties: My official job title is Public Policy Papers Project […]

  • IMLS Archival Fellow: Brenda Tindal

    Brenda Tindal is one of nine archival fellows chosen from a very competitive applicant pool to participate in Increasing African American Diversity in Archives: The HistoryMakers’ Fellowship, Mentoring, Training and Placement Institute, described by Harvard University Professor and pre-eminent African American scholar Henry Louis Gates as“a wonderfully innovative program.” The program addresses the “appalling low […]

  • Meet Mudd’s Jimmy Lu

    Name: Jimmy Lu ’13 Major: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Title/Duties: Special Collections Student Assistant. I copy and scan documents to fulfill patron orders. I deliver files to offices that are too valuable to be sent via campus mail. On occasion, I also watch over the library’s reading room, lest patrons misbehave. Recent projects: Digitization of […]

  • “She Flourishes:” Chapters in the History of Princeton Women

    The Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library at Princeton University invites visitors to view the new exhibit, "She Flourishes: Chapters in the History of Princeton Women," which documents the struggles and accomplishments of women scholars, students, staff and other women associated with the institution. The exhibit is open now through the end of August, 2012. The […]

  • Annual Report 2011: Goals for Fiscal Year 2012

    To finalize our series on our 2011 Annual Report, please see a description of our goals for fiscal year 2012: Complete NHPRC-funded ACLU processing grant Collection development: continue to build the Policy collections through donations and efforts such as the Baker Oral History Project Implement Aeon for registration and other public service functions Continue high […]

  • Annual Report 2011: Exhibitions, Public Relations, and Outreach

    As a continuation of our series on our 2011 Annual Report, please see a description of our work in exhibitions, public relations, and outreach: The John F. Kennedy exhibition assembled by Nicole Milano in August 2010 was very well-received, so much that we extended its run through the end of August 2011. In addition, in […]