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Committee for the Bicentennial of Nassau Hall Records

AC191

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.

Summary Information

Repository:
Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special CollectionsSeeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library.Princeton University Archives.65 Olden StreetPrinceton, New Jersey 08540 USA
Creator:
Princeton University. Committee on the Bicentennial of Nassau Hall.
Title:
Committee for the Bicentennial of Nassau Hall Records
Date [inclusive]:
1953-1956
Date [bulk]:
1956
Call Number:
AC191
Extent:
1.97 linear feet (3 boxes)
Location:
mudd
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Nassau Hall Bicentennial Committee was established to plan the 200th anniversary of Nassau Hall over a two-day period beginning on September 22, 1956. The collection documents the activities of the Committee through correspondence, publications, news articles, and press releases.
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Biography/History

Built in 1756, Nassau Hall originally housed the entire College. Designed by Robert Smith and William Shippen, the building was named for King William III, Prince of Orange-Nassau. Today, Nassau Hall houses the office of the president and other administrative offices.

A fire in 1802 left only the walls standing. Benjamin Henry Latrobe was engaged to rebuild it along its original lines. After a second fire in 1855, John Notman, who was also the architect for Prospect House and Walter Lowrie House, made a number of exterior changes, including the staircases at the ends of the building and the arched front doorway.

The sturdy stone structure has survived bombardment during the American Revolution (a cannonball scar is visible on the exterior south wall of the west wing), occupation by troops of both sides during this war, and two fires. George Washington drove the British from Nassau Hall in 1777, and during the latter half of 1783 it served as the Capitol of the United States. On August 26th of that year, Washington returned to Nassau Hall to receive the thanks of the Continental Congress for his conduct of the war, and on October 31st news arrived there that the Treaty of Paris had been signed, formally ending the War for American Independence.

In 1953, the Committee for the Bicentennial of Nassau Hall convened its first planning meeting. Comprised of representatives from the Trustees, faculty, and administration, the Committee developed a comprehensive celebratory program to commemorate not just a physical structure, but also the very heart and soul of the Princeton campus. Events included a dinner at Procter Hall with guest speaker Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Marshall Harlan '20, various alumni functions, and the awarding of honorary degrees. The federal government also recognized Nassau Hall's momentous early history. The building has been given both national landmark status and acknowledgement with a commemorative postage stamp?the first in United States history printed on colored paper?issued to celebrate its 1956 bicentennial.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Princeton University Library. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. ,  2002

Revision Description

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Princeton University -- Centennial celebrations, etc.
  • Princeton University. -- History -- 20th century.
  • Princeton University. -- Buildings.
Subject(s)
  • College Buildings -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
  • Historic Buildings -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
  • Nassau Hall (Princeton, N.J.)
  • Postage stamps -- United States.
  • Princeton University

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Committee Administration, 1953-1957. more than 9 folders.

Arrangement

No arrangement action taken or arrangement information not recorded at the time of processing.

Scope and Contents

Series 1: Committee Administration, 1953-1957, is comprised of commemorative addresses, invitations, and publications; committee meeting minutes; correspondence; and attendance rosters, programs, and seating charts. The correspondence comprises the bulk of this series and includes letters to honorary degree recipients and their escorts, discussions among Committee members regarding the commemorative stamp, and celebration preparations.

Commemorative Addresses, Invitations, Publications, 1956. 1 folder.

Committee Meeting Minutes, 1953-1955. 1 folder.

Correspondence, 1953-1956 September. 3 folders.

Correspondence: (John) Baillie, 1956. 1 folder.

Correspondence: Graduands and Escorts/Provisional Program, 1956. 1 folder.

Correspondence: (Justice John M.) Harlan, 1955-1956. 1 folder.

Correspondence: (Henry L.) Savage, 1953-1956. 1 folder.

Correspondence: Stamps, 1955-1956. 1 folder.

Rosters, Programs, Seating Charts, 1956-1957. 1 folder.

Series 2: Commemorative Material, 1956. 6 folders.

Arrangement

No arrangement action taken or arrangement information not recorded at the time of processing.

Scope and Contents

Series 2: Commemorative Material, 1956, contains the stamped first-day issue covers honoring Nassau Hall, a sheet of commemorative stamps, and a resolution issued by the State Senate of New Jersey observing the bicentennial event.

Resolution of the State Senate of New Jersey, 1956. 1 folder.

Stamps, 1956. 1 folder.

Stamps, First-Day Issue Covers, Addressed, 1956. 1 folder.

Stamps, First-Day Issue Covers, Assorted, 1956. 1 folder.

Stamps, First-Day Issue Covers, Unaddressed, 1956. 1 folder.

Stamps, Unofficial Covers, Without a University Seal, 1956. 1 folder.

Series 3: Publications and Publicity, 1956. 3 folders and one oversize box.

Arrangement

No arrangement action taken or arrangement information not recorded at the time of processing.

Scope and Contents

Series 3: Publications and Publicity, 1956, contains press releases announcing both the bicentennial celebrations and the issuance of the commemorative stamp. There are some newspaper clippings of the events.

News Articles, Nassau Hall Bicentennial, 1956. 1 folder.

News Articles, Stamps, 1956. 1 folder.

Press Releases, Nassau Hall Bicentennial, 1956. 1 folder.

Poster of Nassau Hall, 1956. 2 copies.