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Sources on Princeton University architecture

There are many online databases and finding aids that will assist the researcher in finding information regarding Princeton University's architectural history. Two online sources, which the researcher may wish to consult first, are A Princeton Companion and the Interactive Campus History. They provide a general historical and visual overview of Princeton's buildings.

A Princeton Companion by Alexander Leitch is a one-volume compendium describing many aspects of Princeton's history ranging from biographical articles on eminent Princetonians to thumbnail histories of campus buildings.

An Interactive Campus History, 1746-1996, is an online architectural history and database of the Princeton campus created in honor of the 250th anniversary of the University. The database provides facts, figures, and photographs of Princeton architecture primarily gleaned from collections at the Mudd Manuscript Library.

A number of Mudd Library's collections provide more specific information about buildings. These collections include historical photographs, illustrations, blueprints, postcards, letters, newspaper and magazine clippings, and booklets about buildings, architects, and patrons. Finding aids and databases for these collections are available online and are listed below.


Related Sources

Architectural Presentation Boards, 1929-2001

Board of Trustees Minutes and Records, 1746-Present

Robert Judson Clark Papers, 1741-1997

Department of Facilities, Office of Facilities, Operations, and Maintenance Records, 1896-1984  

Office of Physical Planning, Architectural Drawings, Oversize, 1896-1964

Office of Physical Planning, Architectural Drawings, Microform, c. 1870s-1986

Office of Physical Planning Records, 1896-1994

Grounds & Buildings Department, Subject Files, 1802-1994

Grounds & Buildings Department, Technical Correspondence Records, 1866-1988

Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds & Buildings Series, c. 1850-1980

Historical Postcard Collection, c. 1900-1960

Nassau Hall Iconography, 1760-1950

Office of the President's Records: Jonathan Dickinson to Harold W. Dodds Subgroup, 1746-1999

Office of the President's Records: Robert F. Goheen Subgroup, 1924-1988

Princeton Alumni Weekly Photograph Collection, c. 1968-c. 1991

The architecture of Princeton University has proved a popular senior thesis topic over the years. Senior theses are searchable by title, author, year, and department within the Mudd Library's online database. Researchers may want to begin with the authors listed below. [Note: This is not an exhaustive list.]

    Brown, Cathy J. (1976) Victorian Architecture on the Princeton Campus: 1868-1888: An Exhibition at the Princeton University Art Museum 11 May - 13 June 1976. [Thesis No. 2446]

    Dempster, Jack H. (1982) The Decline of Campus Planning in the Post World War II Years at Princeton University, with Documentation and Support of Design Thesis--A Law School for Princeton University. [Thesis No. 4496]

    Dibble, Charles Lawrence (1974) Architecture, Education and Atmosphere: The Early Years of Princeton University, 1896-1916.

    Green, Virginia M. (1973) The Princeton Architecture of Richard Morris Hunt [Thesis No. 2598]

    Gutelius, Holly Carol (1999) Stability, Utility, and Beauty: A History and Analysis of the Architecture of Princeton University [Thesis No. 10805]

    Picciotto, Marc (1986) A Building for the Princeton Tiger: Club Architecture and the College Humor Magazine [Thesis No. 9278]

    Ranta, Pamela J. (1987) Campus Planning at Princeton University: Historical Record of Architectural and Educational Change [Thesis No. 12670]

    Zoehfeld, Robert Scott (1976) An Architecture Building for Princeton University

Henry Burling Thompson Papers, 1889-1913



Christine Kitto
Dan Brennan (January 2008)


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