New Finding Aids for May and June 2016

 Princeton Committee on Palestine Records, Princeton University Archives, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library. Online here.

Princeton Committee on Palestine Records, Princeton University Archives, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library. Online here.

New finding aids include the following:

A. Frederick Gerstell Collection of Military Materials (MC286)

A. Frederick Gerstell is a member of the Princeton University Class of 1960. The collection is composed of mostly World War II-era correspondence, photographs, and ephemera collected by Gerstell. Much of the collection includes materials created by well-known U.S. military officials such as Mark W. Clark, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, George Marshall, Chester W. Nimitz, George S. Patton, and others. There are also materials created by British officers and by Nazi Party leader Heinrich Himmler.

Alchemy manuscript, 18th century (C0938 no. 701)

Collection of alchemical texts or extracts in French, with additional texts or extracts on astronomy, astrology, Cabala, and Rosacrucianism that was collected by an anonymous French compiler for personal use, chiefly from printed works dating from circa 1600-1751, such as the Museum Hermeticum (1678), Abraham Lambspring, De lapide philosophico; Mathurin Eyquem, seigneur du Martineau, Le tombeau de Sémiramis; and Béroalde de Verville, Recueil stéganographique.

“Almanach universel”, circa 1689 (C0938 no. 702)

Anonymous text containing predictions for a 28-year cycle of solar years, 1689-1716.

Archiving Student Activism at Princeton (ASAP) Collection (AC437)

The Princeton University Archives launched the Archiving Student Activism at Princeton (ASAP) initiative in December of 2015 to collect and preserve individual and organizational records created by Princeton students who engage in activism on a broad range of issues and perspectives, both on campus and off. The records in this collection document a range of political and social issues, including sexual assault, gender equality, immigration, refugee crises (Syria), racism and anti-racism.

Clay Project Records (AC440)

The Princeton Clay Project is an initiative launched in January of 2016 by two first-year undergraduate students, Avigail Gilad and Chiara Ficarelli, to raise funds and awareness for the Amal Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships for Syrian refugees at the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan to attend college. The Clay Project Records document the initiative’s first semester of fundraising activities for the Amal Scholarship Fund.

College Republicans Records (AC441)

The Princeton University College Republicans are the official student group on campus of the National Republican Party. The College Republican Records consist primarily of photographs from College Republican events, campaigning, and social media.

David Lewis Papers (C1520)

David Kellogg Lewis (1941-2001) was an American philosopher who taught at Princeton University and the University of California, Los Angeles and contributed to metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of science, decision theory, epistemology, meta-ethics, and aesthetics. Lewis’s papers include over four decades of his correspondence with other philosophers and scholars, including David M. Armstrong, J. J. C. Smart, Frank Jackson, D. H. Mellor, M. J. Cresswell, Allen Hazen, John Bigelow, and others, as well as drafts of his articles, books, reviews, and unpublished writings with related correspondence, his undergraduate and graduate student papers and class notes, research materials from his time at the Hudson Institute, photographs of Lewis with friends and fellow philosophers, and a group of files kept by the Australian philosopher David M. Armstrong regarding Lewis.

Francesco Maria Pompeo Colonna “Des principes phisiques de l’astrologie judiciaire, avec une ample explication des termes dont les astrologues se servent dans leur art. Par Monsieur Colonne” (C0938 no. 700)

Colonna’s manuscript treatise on “judicial astrology,” or the use of astrology to determine future events.

“In cosmographiam. Praefatio”; “Commentatio de re nautica”, mid 16th century (Princeton MS. 236)

Anonymous, unpublished Latin text manuscript from France concerning cosmography written in a single cursive hand with topical headings and changes or additions written in one or more contemporary hands in the outer margins.

Ivy Council Records (AC438)

The Ivy Council, founded in 1993, is a non-profit organization comprised of student leaders from all eight Ivy League universities. Its mission is to promote inter-campus communication and collaboration between the student governments of its member schools. The Ivy Council records document the group’s activities from 2013 to 2016.

Monique Fong Wust Collection of Octavio Paz (C1529)

Contains correspondence with Octavio Paz and French translator and friend Monique Fong Wust, 1961-1977. Includes 28 letters signed “Octavio Paz”; then signed “Octavio” including 11 autograph letters, 16 typescript letters with autograph notes and 1 telegram, 43 pages (size varies), in Spanish (one letter in French, one in English). There is one carbon copy of a letter of Octavio Paz to the Cultural Program of the XIX Olympics held in Mexico, carbon of the poem “México: Olimpíada de 1968.” Other correspondence to Fong Wust includes Robert Lebel, Marie-Jo Paz, and Juan García de Oteyza. Also included are original English typescripts of “The Centurions of Santiago” with corrections and additions from Paz and Fong Wust, an annotated and corrected printed copy of Paz’s Apariencia desnuda. La obra de Marcel Duchamp for French translation, and various printed ephemera about related Paz events.

Muslim Students Association (AC436)

The Muslim Students Association is a student organization at Princeton University dedicated to uniting the Muslim community at Princeton through a variety of year-round religious and social events. The association, which consists of both undergraduate and graduate students, was established in 1995 but has origins on campus as far back as the 1970s, at least. The Muslim Students Association records document the group’s activities during the spring of 2016.

Princeton Committee on Palestine Records (AC444)

The Princeton Committee on Palestine is an organization at Princeton University that stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people against injustice and in defense of human rights. The Princeton Committee on Palestine Records consists of materials related to the Princeton Divests campaign.

Princeton Equality Project Records (AC445)

The Princeton Equality Project, founded in 2010, is an activist group focused on LGBT issues. The Princeton Equality Project records document the the group’s activities during the 2015-2016 school year.

Princeton Hidden Minority Council Records (AC435)

The Princeton Hidden Minority Council (PHMC) is a student organization at Princeton University dedicated to supporting and advocating for students who are the first in their families to attend college or are from low income circumstances (FLI). The Princeton Hidden Minority Council Records document the development of the organization as well as its programs and campaigns.The records include files related to governance such as executive board position descriptions, the organization’s constitution, and email communications between board members; files related to events, programs and outreach including flyers presentations and planning documents; and email communications including messages addressed to the group’s email address and messages sent to its listserv.

Princeton Swara Records (AC443)

Princeton Swara is a student organization that promotes Indian classical music. The Princeton Swara records document the group’s activities through spring 2016.

Saqui de Sannes Family Correspondence (C1521)

Consists of professional and personal correspondence of an aristocratic family from Provence. Most of the letters date from 1756 to 1848 and illustrate how the family negotiated its place during France’s Revolutionary era.

Toni Morrison Papers (C1491)

Toni Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford, 1931) is a Nobel prize-winning American author, editor, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. The material described in this finding aid consists of manuscripts, drafts, galleys, and proofs of Morrison’s novels; personal correspondence; editorial files relating to Morrison’s work at Random House and later publication of two posthumous works by Toni Cade Bambara; and academic and teaching files, particularly pertaining to SUNY Albany and Princeton University. Other material from the collection, including drafts of non-fiction, theatrical, and children’s literature, office working files, published books, press clippings, photographs, audiovisual materials, awards and memorabilia will be added as processing is completed.

William M. Leary Collection on H. Alexander Smith (MC285)

William M. Leary (1934-2006) was an aviation historian who wrote his doctoral thesis on the politician H. Alexander Smith. The collection is composed of materials that Leary consulted in the process of writing his doctoral thesis on Smith, along with a manuscript of his thesis and materials related to Leary himself. The consulted materials include a small amount of Smith’s correspondence and writings and a syllabus from a politics class he taught at Princeton University in 1929. Other materials pertaining to Smith include recollections of Smith written by his family members and his executive assistant; date books from the years 1918 and 1919, kept by an unidentified associate of Smith’s in the Commission for Relief in Belgium and the Food Administration; printed materials from some of the World War I-era relief organizations Smith was involved with; and four photographs of Smith, including one inscribed to Leary.


New additions to existing collections were added to the following finding aids:

Alicia Ostriker Papers (C0910)

Alicia Ostriker (1937- ) is a Jewish-American feminist literary critic and poet whose work explores themes of family, social justice, Jewish identity, Biblical stories and characters, and the relationship between gender and literature. The collection consists of drafts of her poems, articles, nonfiction books, essays, reviews, and student writings, personal and professional correspondence with fellow poets, family, and friends, teaching and research files, drafts and recordings of lectures and readings, and subject files. Accessions received from Ostriker since 2010 were integrated into the existing finding aid and comprise additional personal correspondence; draft materials, including for her more recent books, The Book of Seventy (2009), At the Revelation Restaurant and Other Poems (2010), and The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog (2014); teaching and research materials pertaining to courses she taught as a professor in the Department of English at Rutgers University from 1965 to 2004 and poetry and midrash writing workshops she led at various institutions; and recordings of some of her readings.

Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science Records, Robert G. Jahn Subseries (AC162)

The Robert G. Jahn subseries consists primarily of correspondence and subject files documenting Dean Jahn’s administration of the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 1971 to 1986. The records include Jahn’s handwritten notes, memoranda, printed reports and internal reviews, meeting agendas and minutes, talks, papers and publications by Jahn and others. The files contain Jahn’s correspondence with individuals inside and outside the university, as well as with businesses and foundations regarding sponsorships, grants, and development.

Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Collection of Manuscripts, Correspondence, and Photographs (C0962)

Recent additions to this open collection of manuscript material related to the print collections of Leonard L. Milberg (Princeton Class of 1953) include an autograph letter, dated 1853 July 5 [sic], from Mordecai Manuel Noah (1785-1851) to Jacques Judah Lyons (1813-1877), minister of Congregation Shearith Israel, concerning the Jewish community in Buffalo, New York, with a typed transcription of the letter; and a manuscript of Peri Alonim, a compendium of Hebrew abbreviations “to ease a student’s education” by Samuel Robles de Medina, written in Hebrew by the author’s son, David ben Samuel Robles de Medina.

M. L. Parrish Collection of Victorian Novelists (C0171)

Some recent additions to this collection, consisting of the library of books, manuscripts, photographs, artwork, and ephemera as originally collected by Morris Longstreth Parrish and subsequently added to by Princeton University Library, include: William Harrison Ainsworth’s 2-volume manuscript, “True Account of Jack Sheppard the Housebreaker…” (1837-1838) which comprises a collection of autograph manuscripts, drafts, and notes of the historical novel Jack Sheppard, including the greater part of “Epoch the First,” “Epoch the Second” and “Epoch the Third” together with a synopsis of the novel under the earlier title “Scroope Darrell,” and historical notes and extracts on the history of Jack Sheppard; Wilkie Collins’ manuscript, “Fie! Fie! or, The Fair Physician” (circa 1882) with extensive revisions by the author throughout; and an album of proof engravings and other illustrations and manuscript materials by Frederick Walker and William Makepeace Thackeray collected by J. G. Marks (circa 1861-1871).

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