Major Collections

Letter from Gov. Charles Olden to New Jersey Senate and Assembly informing members of the dissolution of the American Union prior to the Civil War, 1861
Letter from Gov. Charles Olden to New Jersey Senate and Assembly informing members of the dissolution of the American Union prior to the Civil War, 1861
Collection of the Historical Society of Princeton

Einstein Furniture Collection: 65 pieces of furniture owned and used by Albert Einstein in his Berlin and Princeton homes. Items include chairs, tables, desks, a tall case clock, cabinets, a music stand, and a victrola.


Rose Collection: 10,000 glass-plate negatives from a three-generation photography firm in Princeton – primarily dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These images document all aspects of life in Princeton.


Stockton Family Papers and Olden Family Papers: correspondence, deeds, journals, and photographs documenting two of the earliest families in Princeton. Materials in these collections range from the 18th through the 20th century.


Recollector Collection: oral history audio tapes, transcripts, photographs, small objects, books, and newspapers compiled during the 10-year run of the Princeton Recollector newspaper.


Updike Collection: books, invoices, photographs, and three-dimensional objects documenting the history of the Updike family on their Quaker Road property.


YMCA photo collection: photographic collection documenting the activities of the Princeton area YMCA, including the Witherspoon branch (the “Colored Y”).


Rolf Bauhan Collection: comprehensive business archive of a highly prolific architect in Princeton in the first half of the 20th century. The collection includes architectural drawings, photographs, and correspondence.


Thomas Stapleton Papers: correspondence and photographs documenting the development of Palmer Square in the 1930s.


Ruth Cleveland’s silver dressing tray: Ruth was the daughter of President Grover Cleveland.


Dioramas of Princeton landmarks constructed by G. Vinton Duffield in the mid-20th century.