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Dinky Station c. 1888
  Princeton University, c. 1888, west of Nassau Hall (bell tower in right center of photo). The train station was then located at the base of what is now Blair Arch (steps in center-left). Bonner-Marquand (at left with two turrets) and Reunion Hall (left of Nassau Hall in photo) have both been demolished.
From the Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds and Building Series.


Princeton University Archives Holdings, 1746-Present

Record groups and collections within the Princeton University Archives are described in the University Library's Main Catalog. The catalog records are updated as new accessions are received. 

Catalog records list the creator of the records or papers and the size of the collection and also include short biographies and histories and brief descriptions of the scope of the material. An A-Z listing of the archives finding aids is also available here.

Access is restricted to some, but not all, record groups and collections.  Catalog records contain brief notes about restrictions. Please consult an archivist for additional information about restrictions. 

Search tips

To limit your search to items held in the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library:

Click on the "Set Limits" button on the right side of the Main Catalog page. From the "Location" menu select "Seeley G. Mudd Library (Archives)", then click the "Set Limits" button.

For a list of all University Archives collections:

In the "Search by" box select"call number browse". A search for "AC#" will return a list of every archives collection in the main catalog, listed in ascending numerical order by call number. Absent in the search results will be Theater Collections with TC call numbers and P Collection items.

For the records of University administrative offices:

An "author" search for "Princeton University Office of *" will return an alphabetical listing of all administrative collections which have names formatted in such a manner. Since this is not the case for every single office, the subject heading "Princeton University Administration" has also been added to relevant records. A "subject heading" search for this term will return administrative offices as well as other collections containing material relevant to University administration.

Examples: Princeton University Office of the President, Princeton University Office of the Registrar

For collections related to Princeton athletics:

A "subject heading" search for "Princeton University Sports" will return Archives collections that pertain in any way to the topic, as well as a number of books and publications. In addition to the broad "Sports" subdivision these collections have also been tagged with the narrower headings pertaining to specific sports.

Examples: Princeton University Football, Princeton University Rowing

For the records of individual academic departments:

A "subject heading" search for "Universities and colleges New Jersey Princeton Departments" will return a listing of record groups from departments, interdisciplinary programs, and other academic divisions.

A somewhat simpler search which returns a less complete listing is an "author" search for "Princeton University Dept. of *"

Examples: Princeton University Dept. of Music, Princeton University Program in African American Studies, Princeton University School of Architecture and Urban Planning