Princeton University Library Catalog

Princeton University 250th Anniversary Celebration collection, 1993-1997.

Princeton University. Office of Princeton's 250th Anniversary [Browse]
74.43 linear ft. (81 boxes and 4 oversize folders)
Organized into the following five series: Series 1: Office of Princeton's 250th Anniversary Records, 1993-1997; Series 2: Clippings and Publications, 1993-1997; Series 3: Printed Materials, 1996-1997; Series 4: Artifacts, 1996-1997; Series 5: Audio, Motion Picture and Video Recordings, 1996-1997.
Restrictions note:
One file in box 15 of Series 1: Office of Princeton's 250th Anniversary Records, 1993-1997 contains student records that are restricted for 75 years from date of creation or for the lifetime of the student.
Biographical/​Historical note:
The 250th anniversary of Princeton's founding as the College of New Jersey in 1746, also known by the coined term "Bicennquinquagenary", was celebrated in 1996-1997 with a yearlong series of events that included an elaborate fireworks display on alumni day (repeated every year since), the publication of a coffee table book Princeton: The First 250 Years, the creation of a documentary film Images of a University, the commissioning and performance of an original orchestral work Ringing Changes, the issuance of a commemmorative stamp by the United States Postal Service, the flying of an anniversary banner during a space shuttle mission, and numerous concerts, conferences, and speeches by noted faculty, alumni, and dignitaries.
Summary note:
Consists of the records of the office in charge of organizing all 250th anniversary celebration activities, as well as examples of the many publications, event programs, invitations, posters, audio and visual recordings, and commemorative artifacts created in conjunction with those activities.
Source acquisition:
The bulk of this collection was transferred from the Office of Princeton's 250th Anniversary upon its closure. Additional accessions have included AR.1997.013, AR.1997.086, AR.2000.066, AR.2002.018, and AR.2008.015.
  • Audiotapes
  • Memorabilia
  • Motion pictures (visual work)
  • Office files
  • Scores
  • Watercolors (paintings)
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