Category: Presentations and Professional Issues

  • Tracing Princeton’s Connections to Slavery through Intentional Serendipity

    The Princeton and Slavery Symposium, a presentation of several years of “scholarly investigation of Princeton University’s historical engagement with the institution of slavery,” is scheduled for November 17-18, 2017. As we lead up to that date, we will be blogging about Mudd’s involvement in this larger project. Last November, the University of Houston-Downtown Archives wrote […]

  • Archival Description Group Wins National Award

    The University Library’s Archival Description Working Group has won another award for its efforts in finding new ways to deliver information about our collections to our users. The Society of American Archivists will present the C.F.W Coker Award to the group in August for, the University Library’s interface for descriptions of Princeton archives and […]

  • “Princeton: America’s Campus” Lecture with Barksdale Maynard

    The author of “Princeton: America’s Campus” will host a discussion with The New Jersey Historical Commission later this month. The book, by Barksdale Maynard, Princeton Class of 1988, features many photographs from the Historical Photograph Collection housed here at the University Archives at Mudd Manuscript Library. His most recent book “Princeton: America’s Campus” is the second book […]

  • Redesigned Finding Aids Site Now Live

    The Finding Aids site for Princeton University Library’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has been completely overhauled and enhanced with many new features to make it easier to search through our holdings. We officially released the site on September 4:   (The previous finding aid site will remain available until September 28 […]

  • Applying “More Product, Less Process” to very large collections: Mudd archivist presents at professional conference

    Recently project archivist Adriane Hanson presented some of her work at the recent spring conference of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) ( in Cape May, NJ.

  • The ACLU Records: Tips for processing 2400 feet in two years

    The following entry relates to our ongoing American Civil Liberties Union processing project previously described here and here. Processing, regardless of the size of the collection, has many common features: In almost all cases, you survey the boxes to see what is there, decide what to keep and how it will be organized, arrange the […]

  • Radioactive Manhattan Project Records and Archival Serendipity

    Early this year, staff from the University’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), in preparing for the move to the new chemistry building, found a filing cabinet in the Frick Laboratory (currently home of the Chemistry Department) containing material related to Princeton’s involvement with the Manhattan Project. (While the common perception of the Manhattan […]

  • MARAC Finding Aid Awards

    I am pleased to announce that four Mudd finding aids have been awarded MARAC’s 2008 Fredric M. Miller Finding Aid Award. The award, which comes with a $250 cash prize, has been given to the Mudd finding aids as a group and was presented at the Spring MARAC meeting last week. I submitted a representative […]

  • Digitizing Special Collections: Shifting Gears

    Last Friday, Dan Linke, Don Thornbury, and I gave presentations reporting on recent conferences and workshops that we’ve attended. (See the previous post for Dan Linke’s electronic records presentation.) My presentation is available here. Rather than give a session by session review of the last few conferences I’ve attended or presented at (the Society of […]

  • Electronic records presentation in PPT

    For those of you who missed my presentation “What I Learned This Summer: A Week at SAA’s First Electronic Records Summer Camp” that I delivered Friday, December 14, 2007, you can download my PowerPoint presentation here. This was for all interested Library staff and was given in conjunction with two other speakers who discussed what […]