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 mudd@princeton.edu.

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.

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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 mudd@princeton.edu

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 http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/rb68xb85k; and on the Princetoniana Committee Web page “Old Nassau, History of the Song” http://tigernet.princeton.edu/~ptoniana/oldnassau2.asp.

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 mudd@princeton.edu.

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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.

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Additional Accessions Include:

Peter B. Lewis Library Bookmark, 2008

AR.2008.155

Correspondence of Harry Zebulon O’Brien, Class of 1899, Additions

AR.2008.156

James McCosh Letter, 1878

AR.2008.157

Three Score and Nine, Recollections and Reflections of Cornelius P. Trowbridge, 1898-1967

AR.2008.158

Arthur C. Eschenlauer Correspondence and Memorabilia, 1952-1956

AR.2008.159

Miscellaneous Princeton Publications, 1947-1999

AR.2008.160

Class of 1944 Alumni Indices, 1944-1961

AR.2008.161

Scrapbook of Gilbert N. McMillan, Class of 1890, and Photographs, 1888-1890, 1918

AR.2008.163

Photograph Album of William Alsop Bours, Class of 1904, 1900-1904

AR.2009.001

Scrapbook of Weld Merrick Stevens, Class of 1904, and Stevens Family Journal, 1898-1904

AR.2009.002

Thomas Meeker Papers on Admission to Princeton University, 1949-1956

AR.2009.003

Lewis Library Dedication Materials and Miscellaneous Library Brochures, 2008

AR.2009.004

Life Begins at Eighty, An Autobiography by Richard Esterbrook McConnell, Class of 1946, circa 2005

AR.2009.005

Library Handbooks, 1976-1983

AR.2009.006

Professor John Wheeler Memorial Reception DVD, 2008

AR.2009.007

Lectures on Criticism by John Witherspoon, 1794 (currently undergoing preservation treatment)

AR.2009.008

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 mudd@princeton.edu.

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).

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Additional University Archives accessions in October and November 2008 include:

Office of Development Donor Files, 1958-2003

AR.2008.130

Triangle Club Records, 1923-2007

AR.2008.131

Princeton University Course Offerings 2008-2009

AR.2008.132

Committee to Defend America, Miscellaneous Publications, 1940, undated

AR.2008.133

Memorials to Kenneth Barnhart II, Class of 1945, 2008

AR.2008.134

Photograph of Princeton Athlete, William Bonthron, Class of 1934

AR.2008.135

Graduate Alumni Records, 2000-2008

AR.2008.136

Woodrow Wilson School Policy Conference Proceedings, 2008

AR.2008.137

Independent Concentrators’ Academic Files from the Dean of the College, 1972-2001

AR.2008.138

To the Mountains of the Moon, Library Exhibition Poster, 2007

AR.2008.139

Memorials Research for the Princeton Alumni Weekly, Class of 1951, 1950-2008

AR.2008.140

Digital Images: Princeton President Shapiro with U.S. President Bill Clinton, and Princeton Students at a Bonfire, 1996, 2006

AR.2008.141

Miscellaneous Publications, 1950-2000

AR.2008.142

Correspondence of Harry Zebulon O’Brien, Class of 1899, 1897-1899

AR.2008.143

Gifts to Princeton, 2007-2008

AR.2008.144

Framed Print of Child in Princeton Graduation Garb, circa 1900

AR.2008.145

Class of 1973 Reunions Photographs, 2003-2007

AR.2008.146

Schedule of Classes, Spring Term 2008-2009

AR.2008.147

Alumni Council Committee on Reunions Correspondence Regarding Alcohol Use Policies, 1991-1992

AR.2008.148

Davis Spencer, Class of 1945, Crew Scrapbook and Memorabilia, 1947-1948

AR.2008.149

International Center Records, 1982-2002

AR.2008.150

Alumni Council Materials, 1950-2000

AR.2008.151

Raymond J. Woodrow Materials and Office of Research and Project Administration Document, 1977, undated

AR.2008.152

Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Manuscripts Division General Manuscripts, 1773-1965

AR.2008.153

Auxiliary to the Isabella McCosh Infirmary Records, 1981-2001

AR.2008.154

Public Policy Papers accessions in October and November 2008 include:

Jeffrey E. Fuller Papers, 1930-1970

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Harlan Cleveland Papers, 1937-2007

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Leo P. Crespi Papers, 1940-1980s

ML.2008.025

Richard A. Musgrave Papers, 1920s-2007

ML.2008.026

Harlan Cleveland Photographs, 1946-1970

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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

AR.2008.109

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.

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Additional materials accessioned in August and September 2008 include:

Princeton University Course Syllabi 1960s, and Memorabilia, 1920s

AR.2008.110

Historical Postcard Collection Accrual and Letter Written by Joseph Eckley, Class of 1772

AR.2008.111

Photographs of the Interior of the Charter Club, circa 1915

AR.2008.112

Papers of Former Woodrow Wilson School Faculty Member, Edward Tiryakian,

1961-1962

AR.2008.113

“Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and the Tasks of the Russian Novel,” Alumni Studies Lecture by Professor Caryl Emerson, Audio Cassette, 2001

AR.2008.114

Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding Records, 1970-2001

AR.2008.115

Butler College Student Academic Records, circa 2004-2008

AR.2008.116

Wilson College Student Academic Records, circa 2004-2008

AR.2008.117

Annual Reports to the President from Academic Departments, 2005-2007

AR.2008.118

Minutes of the Board of Trustees, 2007

AR.2008.119

Class of 1894 Records, 1890-1949

AR.2008.120

Richardson Auditorium Programs, 2007-2008

AR.2008.121

Alumni Council Records Accrual, 1970-1998

AR.2008.122

Library Records from Technical Services Department, 1915-2004

AR.2008.123

Faculty and Professional Staff Files, circa 1994-2003

AR.2008.124

Class of 1930 Memorabilia and Princeton Publications, 1926-1970

AR.2008.125

Office of Communications Photographs, 1983-2001

AR.2008.126

Class of 1953 50th Reunion Yearbook, 2003

AR.2008.127

Department of Architecture Senior Theses, 1995-2001

AR2008.128

Office of the President Records Accrual, 1957-1998

AR.2008.129

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.

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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

ML.2008.022

Princeton University Archives

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

AR.2008.086

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

AR.2008.087

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

AR.2008.088

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

AR.2008.089

Princeton Summer Theater Brochures and Promotional Correspondence, 2008

AR.2008.090

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

AR.2008.091

Princetoniana Committee Oral History Project Accrual, 1994

AR.2008.092

Rockefeller College Student Academic Files, 2004-2008

AR.2008.093

Office of Communications Faculty Files, 1948-2008

AR.2008.094

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

AR.2008.095

Grade and Attendance Book for History 102 Precepts, 1957

AR.2008.096

Fifth Year Record of the Class of 1906, 1912

AR.2008.097

Student Course Guides, 1978, 1985

AR.2008.098

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

AR.2008.099

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

AR.2008.100

Mathey College Student Academic Files, 1989-2008

AR.2008.101

Near Eastern Studies Department Records, 1976-1999

AR.2008.102

Theatre Intime Photographs, 1977-2001

AR.2008.103

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

AR.2008.104

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

AR.2008.105

Law School of the College of New Jersey Document, 1846

AR.2008.106

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

AR.2008.107

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

AR.2008.108