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Princetoniana Collection: Origins

A guide to the Princetoniana Collection; a set of books, periodicals, and other printed sources pertaining to Princeton University history at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library.

Category Description

The Origins category contains books and other items which bear some relevance to the earliest years of Princeton University, generally covering the time of its founding in 1746 to the start of the 19th century. As one of the colonial colleges, many of Princeton's founders and first generation of students were notable figures in the history of early America. As such, this period in the college's development has been scrutinized and explored frequently by historians.

Collection Items

Catalogus Collegii Neo-Cæsariensis
Call no. P12.73

The Catalogus is a volume that was printed roughly every three to four years throughout the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The information found in Catalogus Collegii Neo-Cæsariensis duplicates the information found in the Catalogue, with the notable difference that it is printed entirely in Latin. This translation applies to titles and departments as well as to proper names, with the faculty roster including such aliases as "Jacobus McCosh" and "Henricus Nevius Van Dyke."

Trustees Materials
P20.738 to P23.870

Various documents issued by the Trustees including several printed versions of the By-Laws of the Trustees, the Charter, and the final reports of the Trustees' Committees on Co-Education and the Structure of the University.