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Andrew C. Imbrie Papers


This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special CollectionsSeeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library.Princeton University Archives.65 Olden StreetPrinceton, New Jersey 08540 USA. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special CollectionsSeeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library.Princeton University Archives.65 Olden StreetPrinceton, New Jersey 08540 USA
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Imbrie, Andrew C. (Andrew Clerk), 1875-1965.
Andrew C. Imbrie Papers
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1.26 linear feet (3 boxes)
The Papers of Andrew C. Imbrie, Class of 1895, (1875-1965) provide information on his undergraduate years, his service as an alumni trustee from 1907 until 1912 (including a period as Financial Secretary of the Princeton University Board of Trustees (1909-1912) during which he had charge of reorganization of the business management of the University leading to the creation of what became the Office of the Controller) and his family's genealogy.
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Biographical details may be obtained from Imbrie's alumni file. He was elected an alumni trustee in 1907, and in 1909 the Trustees created the office of Financial Secretary of the Board to oversee business interests in cooperation with the President, to attend meetings of the Committees on Finance, Grounds and Buildings, and Library and Apparatus in order to coordinate the business departments of the University. Following Imbrie's departure from the Board in 1912, the Financial Secretary's office was abolished and a new Office of Secretary of Business Administration was created to function as the executive for the Committee on Grounds and Buildings. Imbrie remained active on the Graduate Council following his departure from the Board of Trustees.

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Publication Information

Princeton University Library. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.,  1998

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Princeton University -- Students -- 19th century.
  • Princeton University. Graduate College -- Location.
  • Princeton University -- Architecture.
  • Princeton University -- Students -- Social conditions.
  • Genealogies.
  • Letters.
  • Reports.
Personal Name(s)
  • Imbrie, Andrew C. (Andrew Clerk), 1875-1965.
  • College students -- Social conditions -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
  • Princeton University

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Student Correspondence, 1891-1895. 1 box.

Scope and Contents

Imbrie's letters home touch on a variety of subjects, most notably housing (boarding houses and dorms, including sketches of floor plans), interclass competition (including hazing and snowball fights), campus customs (the Rush, cane spree, painting the Cannon, step singing, top spinning in front of Reunion Hall by seniors), campus organizations (Philadelphian Society, New York Club, class elections, debates, Whig Society, eating clubs [O.D.V.], Nassau Lit, Monday Night Club), buildings and grounds (Alexander Hall, East Hall, Brokaw Pool, student telegraph system [including a map of system], installation of telephones on campus), the course of study (excuses, cuts at chapel, Patton's advice on specialization, creation of the honor system in 1893, essays, junior orations, disciplinary system), campus figures (faculty nicknames, Jimmy Stink, hiring of a proctor), honors (Baird Prize, sophomore essay prize, election as class secretary for life and its duties), football and skating on the canal. Of interest are Imbrie's attitudes toward blacks (especially the pot scrubbers who cleaned his room), Italians and Jews and his description of Coxey's Army's visit to Princeton in 1895.


Arranged chronologically.

Correspondence home from Princeton, 1891-1895. 20 folders.

Series 2: Princeton University Records, 1906-1947. 1 box.

Scope and Contents

This series includes files maintained by Imbrie regarding the University. They include correspondence, clippings and reports related to Imbrie's service as Financial Secretary; clippings, correspondence and publications regarding the Graduate School controversy which occurred while Imbrie held his University office; records, correspondence, reports, publications clippings on Princeton architecture and the "Quad Plan;" correspondence and records relating to the Graduate Council Freshman Honor Prize; and memoranda and reports on the progress of reorganization of student social life at Princeton.

The portion of these papers related to the Office of Financial Secretary constitute the only official record of the functioning of that office.


Arranged by subject.

Information re: appointment as Financial Secretary of the Board of Trustees, 1909-1912. 1 folder.

Reports to the Trustees as Financial Secretary, 1912. 1 folder.

Graduate School Controversy - Clippings, 1908-1910. 1 folder.

Graduate School Controversy - Correspondence, 1908-1910. 1 folder.

Graduate School Controversy - Publications, 1908-1910. 1 folder.

Architectural Development at Princeton, 1906-1910. 1 folder.

Quad Plan - Correspondence, 1907-1909. 1 folder.

Quad Plan - Reports, Publications, Clippings, Drawings, 1906-1913. 1 folder.

Memoranda and Reports on the Progress of a Reorganization of the Student Social Life at Princeton, 1907-1942. 1 folder.

Graduate Council Freshman Honor Prize, 1923-1947. 1 folder.

Series 3: Imbrie Family Genealogy, compiled, 1931-1945. 1 box.


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Scope and Contents

This is a four-volume compilation entitled "Family Record of Andrew Welsh Imbrie and Frances Frazer Imbrie" written by Andrew C. Imbrie and presented to the Princeton University Library in 1946. Included are records of the Imbrie, Clerk, Welsh and Frazer families.

Compiled 1931-1945 Family Record of Andrew Welsh Imbrie, and Frances Frazer Imbrie (4 vols.), 1931-1945. 8 folders.