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Princeton University Commencement Records

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Princeton University. Office of the Secretary

"Princeton has developed so much in recent years," read the statement in the 27 October 1900 edition of the Princeton Alumni Weekly, "that, like many other American institutions of learning, a University Secretary is now required." This announcement reflected the administrative changes that had been deemed necessary to better manage the daily affairs of a rapidly expanding and developing institution. To date, six individuals have served as secretary: Charles McAlpin (1901-1917), Varnum Lansing Collins (1917-1936), Alexander Leitch (1936-1966), Jeremiah Finch (1966-1974), Thomas Wright, (1974-2004), and Robert K. Durkee (2004–). The secretary has charge of general correspondence of the University and is responsible for arranging Commencement and other convocations.

With the assistance of the registrar, the secretary is responsible for the preparation, and has custody of, all diplomas. In addition, the secretary has the custody of the University seal and affixes it to any documents requiring the signature of the secretary as an officer of the Corporation. The secretary also assists the clerk of the Board of Trustees in the performance of the clerk's duties and, in the absence or disability of the clerk, performs such duties of the clerk as the Board or the president may designate. The secretary also serves as the senior adviser to the president and oversees the official convocations of the University such as Commencement. The office also has administrative responsibility for the Council of the Princeton University Community.

Charles McAlpin, Princeton's first secretary, was a member of an old Mahopac, New York family connected prominently with the industrial and social development of New York City at the turn of the twentieth century. When he graduated from the prestigious Exeter Academy in 1884, McAlpin joined Princeton's class of 1888. As an undergraduate he was a member of the Ivy Club, joined the baseball team in his junior year, and was president of the Dramatic Association during his senior year. Throughout his life he continued his affiliation with Princeton affairs, serving as chair of class committees and, most notably, as University secretary from 1901-1917. Elected unanimously by the Board of Trustees to the post on 13 December 1900 for a yearly salary of $2,500, the Princeton Alumni Weekly noted that the job of secretary was to "coordinate the various departments, keep in touch with the outside world, and many other things which modern life and the modern methods of higher education require." In the same year, McAlpin received an honorary A.M. from Princeton. After his retirement in 1917, McAlpin devoted most of his time to charities, serving as trustee and director of many philanthropic institutions. In an alumni survey he noted that his favorite pastime was "collecting engraved portraits of Washington," and at the time of his death in 1942 he had amassed one of the best-known and most complete series of Washington prints and engravings in the country.

Princeton's next secretary, Varnum Lansing Collins, would leave an indelible mark not only on the office itself, but also on the way the history of the University was preserved. Born in Hong Kong, Collins obtained his education in Paris and London before coming to Princeton as a member of the class of 1892. As an undergraduate, he was editor of The Nassau Literary Magazine, president of the Cliosophic Society, leader of the Glee Club, and a member of the Triangle Club. After receiving an Honorary A.M. from Princeton in 1895, Collins worked in the University Library as a reference librarian until he joined the faculty of the Department of Modern Languages in 1906. He was made full professor six years later and assumed the position of clerk of the faculty—a position he held until 1935. Collins also served as the secretary of the Graduate Council from 1917 until 1927 and was an instrumental figure during the years that the Council successfully conducted its $2,000,000 campaign for faculty salaries. In 1917 he became University secretary and served in this pivotal role for nineteen years. When ill health forced Collins to retire in 1936, the Board accepted his resignation "with regret" and named him Historiographer to Princeton University. Collins had long been recognized as the foremost authority on Princeton history, and authored a number of books on the subject, notably a biography of President John Witherspoon, a history of Princeton, and a guide to the town and the University. His love and knowledge of Princeton led to the grassroots development of the University Archives. Named editor of the General Catalogue/Biographical Catalogue in 1906, he compiled files on alumni and on possible, doubtful, and fraudulent "alumni" that have been gold mines for researchers ever since. As secretary he began what is now known as the Historical Subject File (HSF), an enormously valuable (and still growing) cache of Princeton history, lore, and trivia.

Filling Collins's shoes was not an easy prospect, and the Board passed the baton of service to Alexander Leitch. As a Princeton undergraduate, Leitch was a member of the lacrosse squad, a member of the Terrace Club, and served on the staff of The Daily Princetonian for three years. Leitch enjoyed a long period of service to Princeton that began immediately after graduation in 1924. He served for one year as the director of the Bureau of Student Appointments and Student Employment, before being appointed director of the newly created Department of Public Information. He became one of the right-hand men of University President John G. Hibben, and in 1928 was appointed assistant to the president, a post he continued to hold under Edward Duffield, acting president in 1932-33, and President Harold Dodds. As secretary he oversaw a wide range of administrative responsibilities, including supervising official correspondence and publications, providing essential services for the University's Board of Trustees, and arranging Commencements and special convocations. The staging of the dedication of the Woodrow Wilson School building, at which President Lyndon B. Johnson spoke, topped off his final year at Princeton. Upon his retirement at age 65, Leitch began working on what would become A Princeton Companion, an assemblage of 400 alphabetically arranged articles on Princeton life and tradition. Of the work, Leitch remarked that while "older people sometimes write their memoirs to analyze the past and philosophize about it," he was writing not his own memoir, but Princeton's. "Writing them has been a good way of enriching myself because I'm borrowing from a great institution."

Princeton's fourth secretary was not an alumnus, but he had strong ties to the University. Jeremiah Finch, who graduated from Cornell with a B.A. in 1931 and a Ph.D. in 1936, had been a member of Princeton's faculty in the Department of English since 1936 and had held the office of Dean of the College from 1955 until 1961. As Dean, Finch was responsible for undergraduate programs of study as well as the administration of various services and offices concerned with the academic development of undergraduates. Finch was a former chair of both the Committee on Examinations and Standing and the University Council on Athletics. As executive secretary of the Princeton Program for Servicemen, Finch was also very involved with the readjustment to university life of more than 1000 undergraduates whose studies had been interrupted by war service. As University secretary, Finch became one of the six officers of the Corporation, and had oversight over all publications and the general correspondence of the University.

Thomas H. Wright succeeded Finch as secretary in 1974. Wright, who majored in the Special Program in the Humanities, received his A.B. from Princeton in 1962, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After a year at Cambridge University as a Keasbey Scholar, he attended Harvard Law School and then went into private practice with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Covington and Burling. He then served for three years as assistant general counsel to the Ford Foundation in New York before joining the Princeton administration as General Counsel in 1972. In 1990, after serving as both secretary and general counsel, he gave up the responsibilities of the latter and was promoted to the position of vice president and secretary. In this capacity he served as a senior adviser to the president, provided administrative support for the Board of Trustees, and oversaw the official convocations of the University such as Commencement. His office also had administrative responsibility for the Council of the Princeton University Community. In addition, Wright also has supervised the offices of the general counsel and the vice president for campus life. The Board of Trustees designated Wright as vice president and secretary emeritus upon his retirement.

Robert K. Durkee, Princeton University's vice president for public affairs, succeeded Wright in the office of vice president and secretary in 2004. Durkee, a member of Princeton's class of 1969, joined the University administration in the spring of 1972 as assistant to the president and, after a year on leave to serve as executive assistant to the president of the Washington, D.C.-based Association of American Universities, was appointed vice president for public affairs in 1978. In this capacity he oversaw the offices of the Alumni Association, Communications, Community and Regional Affairs, Government Affairs, and Public Affairs. Durkee has served as a close adviser to Princeton presidents William G. Bowen, Harold Shapiro, Shirley Tilghman, and Christopher L. Eisgruber. He also has served on and staffed several trustee committees and has worked closely with the Board for more than 30 years.

Princeton held its first commencement in the Newark, New Jersey "meetinghouse." After The College of New Jersey moved to Princeton in 1756, commencement services were held in Nassau Hall until 1764, when they were moved to the First Presbyterian Church. In 1892, commencement moved to Alexander Hall and in 1922 moved a final time to the front of Nassau Hall, where commencement is still held outdoors. In the event of rain, commencement is moved to Jadwin Gymnasium. Observed in the fall until 1843, the celebration was moved to the spring in 1844.

Commencement activities continue for nearly a week, beginning with alumni returning to campus for alumni/faculty forums on the Thursday afternoon before commencement. Saturday afternoon the annual alumni P-Rade occurs, as well as class reunions usually held outdoors under tents. On Sunday, students and their families attend a baccalaureate service in the morning, the president's garden party in the afternoon and a concert in the evening. Monday is devoted to Class Day exercises, departmental receptions and a senior dance. Formal commencement exercises occur on Tuesday. An academic procession to Nassau Hall begins the festivities, followed by an invocation, the conferring of bachelor degrees, recognition of honors graduates, the valedictory speech, the conferring of master, doctor and honorary degrees, remarks by the president, and the singing of "Old Nassau."

(Source: A Princeton Companion, by Alexander Leitch)

The collection consists of programs, bulletins, announcements, and newspaper clippings which document Princeton University commencement activities from 1748 to the present. Generally, files are arranged chronologically by year. In addition, separate series contain bound programs, electrical broadcast transcriptions, bound commencement notices, oversize material, and audio recording of various commencement, class day, and baccalaureate activities. Ashbel Green's valedictory address, one of the earliest, is included in the collection, as well as Alexander Leitch's notebook containing research material about commencement collected for his book "A Princeton Companion."

Organized into the following series:

Series 1, 3, and 4 are arranged chronologically by year. Series 2 is arranged topically. Series 5 is arranged by format and then chronologically.

The University Secretary maintained all of these files until they were transferred to the University Archives.

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

This collection was processed by Carl Esche in 1995. Finding aid written by Carl Esche in 1995. Additional materials added to Series 5: Oversize items by Christie Peterson with assistance from Suchi Mandavilli '14 in November 2011. Finding aid updated by Christie Peterson in December 2011. Finding aid updated by Phoebe Nobles in 2022.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
University Archives
Finding Aid Author
Carl Esche; Christie Peterson
Finding Aid Date
1999
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Series 1, Program Records, 1748-present, contains commencement, class day, and Service of Remembrance programs; pamphlets; schedules; valedictory and salutatory addresses; and newspaper clippings.

The series begins with both general and undated files as well as files concerning the Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior commencements. Many of the earliest years contain only reprinted newspaper accounts describing events as they occurred. One of the earliest manuscripts in the collection is entitled "A Dialogue on Peace" presented as an entertainment on September 28, 1763, directly after the conclusion of the French and Indian Wars. The pamphlet contains both the text and music for the dialogue.

One of the earliest Valedictory addresses is Ashbel Green's address in 1783. A copy of the address is in the 1783 commencement file. These addresses were first given in 1760 by a high ranking student. Through the years valedictory addresses have tried to sum up the experience of college life in relation to the world the seniors were about to enter.

Salutatory addresses date back to the first commencement in 1748. Though no actual addresses appear in the files until 1903, newspaper articles occasionally elaborate on them. This address was traditionally delivered by the highest ranking member of the senior class and is Princeton's oldest student honor. The salutatorian delivered this half-hour address in Latin, in keeping with the serious tone of the formal proceedings of commencement. Today the Salutatory, while still in Latin, is quite short, and each student receives English translations of the speech (with prompts in it for laughing and exclamations), in hopes that the audience will be suitably impressed with their Latin skills.

Several types of programs also can be found in the files. One of these is the Service of Remembrance Program. Although these were first conducted as a memorial service for Princeton's war dead in 1919, no actual program appears until 1940. In 1943 the service was broadened to include all alumni who died during the preceding year. In 1970, the program was moved to Alumni Day weekend in February.

Class Day exercises are held by the students on Cannon Green and are generally filled with wit and wisdom, mocking both faculty and students alike. The earliest "program" can be found in 1856, though as the years go by the programs become much more colorful and elaborate. By 1913 they are bound in leather and contain numerous photographs, a schedule of commencement events and cannon exercises as well as the class roll.

The baccalaureate service is one of Princeton's oldest traditions, and the earliest program dates from 1889. The earliest recorded address was delivered by Samuel Davies in 1760 entitled "Religion and Public Spirit." Baccalaureate is held the Sunday before commencement. Also included are printed programs to senior dinners and balls which were given during commencement celebrations.

Commencement programs themselves appear in 1792 with a schedule of the day's events. As the years advance the programs grow in length and scope. In 1913 they expanded to several pages giving greater detail to the exercises and listing all graduates and prize winners. Today the program runs some 48 pages and contains the names of graduating seniors and advanced degree recipients. Also included are the names of the processional participants, honorary degree recipients, lists of students earning departmental honors, undergraduate awards, prizes, and commissions, fellowships, retirements, and winners of the President's distinguished teaching awards. Background information on the history of the trustees of the university, the Commencement Committee and the Senior Class Steering Committee is also provided.

Within the files are printed schedules of the week's events as well as daily events of importance. Invitations to students and their parents to dinners and balls are included, the earliest one being an 1809 invitation to the Commencement Ball on Wednesday evening the 27th of September at a Mr. Craig's in Princeton.

Numerous newspaper and magazine articles also appear throughout the files, as well as extensive lists indicating students' hometown or class ranking. Sometimes booklets with instructions to staff for setting up reunions and commencement equipment are found, or instructions for the marshals. Finally a "Commentary on Commencement" pamphlet located in the files from 1949 to 1968 gives a good overview and background to the commencement proceedings.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by year.

Physical Description

24 boxes

General, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Freshman Commencement, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Sophomore Commencement, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Junior Commencement, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Undated Items, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1748, 1748. 1 box.
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1750, 1750. 1 box.
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1755, 1755. 1 box.
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1760, 1760. 1 box.
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1762, 1762. 1 box.
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1763, 1763. 1 box.
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1764, 1764. 1 box.
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1765, 1765. 1 box.
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1766, 1766. 1 box.
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1767, 1767. 1 box.
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1768, 1768. 1 box.
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1769, 1769. 1 box.
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1770, 1770. 1 box.
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1771, 1771. 1 box.
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1772, 1772. 1 box.
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1773, 1773. 1 box.
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1774, 1774. 1 box.
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1783, 1783. 1 box.
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1788, 1788. 1 box.
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1792, 1792. 1 box.
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1794, 1794. 1 box.
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1799, 1799. 1 box.
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1803, 1803. 1 box.
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1809, 1809. 1 box.
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1816, 1816. 1 box.
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1817, 1817. 1 box.
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1818, 1818. 1 box.
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1819, 1819. 1 box.
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1820, 1820. 1 box.
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1821, 1821. 1 box.
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1822, 1822. 1 box.
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1823, 1823. 1 box.
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1824, 1824. 1 box.
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1825, 1825. 1 box.
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1826, 1826. 1 box.
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1827, 1827. 1 box.
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1828, 1828. 1 box.
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1829, 1829. 1 box.
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1830, 1830. 1 box.
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1831, 1831. 1 box.
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1832, 1832. 1 box.
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1833, 1833. 1 box.
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1834, 1834. 1 box.
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1835, 1835. 1 box.
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1836, 1836. 1 box.
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1837, 1837. 1 box.
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1838, 1838. 1 box.
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1839, 1839. 1 box.
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1840, 1840. 1 box.
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1841, 1841. 1 box.
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1842, 1842. 1 box.
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1843, 1843. 1 box.
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1844, 1844. 1 box.
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1845, 1845. 1 box.
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1846, 1846. 1 box.
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1847, 1847. 1 box.
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1848, 1848. 1 box.
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1849, 1849. 1 box.
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1850, 1850. 1 box.
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1851, 1851. 1 box.
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1852, 1852. 1 box.
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1853, 1853. 1 box.
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1854, 1854. 1 box.
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1855, 1855. 1 box.
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1856, 1856. 1 box.
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1857, 1857. 1 box.
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1858, 1858. 1 box.
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1859, 1859. 1 box.
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1860, 1860. 1 box.
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1861, 1861. 1 box.
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1862, 1862. 1 box.
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1863, 1863. 1 box.
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1864, 1864. 1 box.
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1865, 1865. 1 box.
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1866, 1866. 1 box.
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1867, 1867. 1 box.
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1868, 1868. 1 box.
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1869, 1869. 1 box.
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1870, 1870. 1 box.
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1871, 1871. 1 box.
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1872, 1872. 1 box.
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1873, 1873. 1 box.
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1874, 1874. 1 box.
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1875, 1875. 1 box.
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1876, 1876. 1 box.
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1877, 1877. 1 box.
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1878, 1878. 1 box.
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1879, 1879. 1 box.
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1880, 1880. 1 box.
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1881, 1881. 1 box.
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1882, 1882. 1 box.
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1883, 1883. 1 box.
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1884, 1884. 1 box.
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1885, 1885. 1 box.
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1886, 1886. 1 box.
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1887, 1887. 1 box.
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1888, 1888. 1 box.
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1889, 1889. 1 box.
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1890, 1890. 1 box.
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1891, 1891. 1 box.
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1892, 1892. 1 box.
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1893, 1893. 1 box.
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1894, 1894. 1 box.
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1895, 1895. 1 box.
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1896, 1896. 1 box.
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1897, 1897. 1 box.
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1898, 1898. 1 box.
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1899, 1899. 1 box.
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1900, 1900. 1 box.
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1901, 1901. 1 box.
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1902, 1902. 1 box.
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1903, 1903. 1 box.
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1904, 1904. 1 box.
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1905, 1905. 1 box.
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1906, 1906. 1 box.
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1907, 1907. 1 box.
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1908, 1908. 1 box.
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1909, 1909. 1 box.
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1910, 1910. 1 box.
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1911, 1911. 1 box.
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1912, 1912. 1 box.
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1913, 1913. 1 box.
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1914, 1914. 1 box.
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1915, 1915. 1 box.
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1916, 1916. 1 box.
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1917, 1917. 1 box.
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1918, 1918. 1 box.
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1919, 1919. 1 box.
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1920, 1920. 1 box.
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(includes special 1920 February 21 commencement)

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1921, 1921. 1 box.
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1922, 1922. 1 box.
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1923, 1923. 1 box.
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1924, 1924. 1 box.
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1925, 1925. 1 box.
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1926, 1926. 1 box.
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1927, 1927. 1 box.
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1928, 1928. 1 box.
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1929, 1929. 1 box.
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1930, 1930. 1 box.
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1931, 1931. 1 box.
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1932, 1932. 1 box.
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1933, 1933. 1 box.
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1934, 1934. 1 box.
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1935, 1935. 1 box.
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1936, 1936. 1 box.
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1937, 1937. 1 box.
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1938, 1938. 1 box.
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1939, 1939. 1 box.
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1940, 1940. 1 box.
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1941, 1941. 1 box.
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1942, 1942. 1 box.
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1943, 1943. 1 box.
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Graduate School Degrees

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1 box

1944, 1944. 1 box.
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Graduate School Degrees

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1 box

1944 January 5, 1944 January 5. 1 box.
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Graduate School Degrees

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1 box

1944 February 22, 1944 February 22. 1 box.
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Graduate School Degrees

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1944 April 4, 1944 April 4. 1 box.
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Graduate School Degrees

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1 box

1944 June 21, 1944 June 21. 1 box.
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Graduate School Degrees

(Navy V-12 Unit)

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1 box

1944 June 24, 1944 June 24. 1 box.
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Graduate School Degrees

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1 box

1944 September 19, 1944 September 19. 1 box.
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Graduate School Degrees

(Navy)

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1 box

1944 October 19, 1944 October 19. 1 box.
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Graduate School Degrees

(Navy)

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1 box

1944 October 25, 1944 October 25. 1 box.
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Graduate School Degrees

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1 box

1945 February 22-March 30, 1945 February 22-March 30. 1 box.
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1945 June 23, 1945 June 23. 1 box.
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1945 October 22, 1945 October 22. 1 box.
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1946 February 22, 1946 February 22. 1 box.
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1946 June 20, 1946 June 20. 1 box.
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1946 October 24, 1946 October 24. 1 box.
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1947 February 5, 1947 February 5. 1 box.
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1947 June 9, 1947 June 9. 1 box.
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1947 October 1, 1947 October 1. 1 box.
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1948 February 5, 1948 February 5. 1 box.
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1948 June 15, 1948 June 15. 1 box.
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1948 October 28, 1948 October 28. 1 box.
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1949 February 3, 1949 February 3. 1 box.
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1949 June 14-October 27, 1949 June 14-October 27. 1 box.
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1950 June 13, 1950 June 13. 1 box.
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1951, 1951. 1 box.
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1952, 1952. 1 box.
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1953, 1953. 1 box.
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1954, 1954. 1 box.
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1955, 1955. 1 box.
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1956, 1956. 1 box.
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1957, 1957. 1 box.
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1958, 1958. 1 box.
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1959, 1959. 1 box.
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1960, 1960. 1 box.
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1961, 1961. 1 box.
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1962, 1962. 1 box.
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1963, 1963. 1 box.
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1964, 1964. 1 box.
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1965, 1965. 1 box.
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1966, 1966. 1 box.
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1967, 1967. 1 box.
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1968, 1968. 1 box.
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1969, 1969. 1 box.
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1970, 1970. 1 box.
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1971, 1971. 1 box.
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1972, 1972. 1 box.
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1973, 1973. 1 box.
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1974, 1974. 1 box.
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1975, 1975. 1 box.
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1976, 1976. 1 box.
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1977, 1977. 1 box.
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1978, 1978. 1 box.
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1979, 1979. 1 box.
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1980, 1980. 1 box.
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1981, 1981. 1 box.
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1982, 1982. 1 box.
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1983, 1983. 1 box.
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1984, 1984. 1 box.
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1 box

1985, 1985. 1 box.
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1 box

1986, 1986. 1 box.
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1 box

1987, 1987. 1 box.
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1 box

1988, 1988. 1 box.
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1 box

1989, 1989. 1 box.
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1 box

1990, 1990. 1 box.
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1 box

1991, 1991. 1 box.
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1 box

1992, 1992. 1 box.
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1 box

1993, 1993. 1 box.
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1 box

1994, 1994. 1 box.
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1 box

1995, 1995. 1 box.
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1 box

1996, 1996. 1 box.
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1 box

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1997, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

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1998, 1998. 1 box.
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1 box

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1999, 1999. 1 box.
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1 box

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2000, 2000. 1 box.
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1 box

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2001, 2001. 1 box.
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1 box

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2002, 2002. 1 box.
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1 box

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2003, 2003. 1 box.
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1 box

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2004, 2004. 1 box.
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1 box

2005, 2005. 1 box.
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1 box

2006, 2006. 1 box.
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1 box

2007, 2007. 1 box.
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1 box

2008, 2008. 1 box.
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1 box

2009, 2009. 1 box.
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1 box

2010, 2010. 1 box.
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1 box

2011, 2011. 1 box.
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1 box

2012, 2012. 1 box.
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1 box

2013, 2013. 1 box.
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1 box

2014, 2014. 1 box.
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1 box

2015, 2015. 1 box.
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1 box

2016, 2016. 1 box.
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1 box

2017, 2017. 1 box.
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1 box

2018, 2018. 1 box.
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1 box

2019, 2019. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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2020, 2020. 1 folder.
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1 folder

2021, 2021. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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2022, 2022. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Scope and Contents

Series 2, General Records, 1748-1966, contains one volume of early commencement notices and articles which have been copied in full from newspaper articles. These are penciled, handwritten reprints of articles regarding commencement activities which have been bound into one volume. There is an index in the volume listing the title of each publication and the date. Also present is a notebook from Alexander Leitch (1938-1966) containing articles regarding commencement, typewritten notes with annotated remarks, Commencement Committee reports, notes, and other material, and correspondence with Paul Bedford, Class of 1897, and head of the Commencement Committee.

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Arranged topically.

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1 box

One volume of newspaper reproductions, 1748-1864. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Alexander Leitch Notebook, 1938-1966. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Series 3, Bound Commencement Programs, 1913-1994, contains commencement programs, identical those found in Series 1, but held in bound volumes.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by year.

Physical Description

2 boxes

1913-1922, 1913-1922. 1 box.
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1 box

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1914-1922, 1914-1922. 1 box.
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1 box

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1923-1928, 1923-1928. 1 box.
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1 box

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1929-1933, 1929-1933. 1 box.
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1 box

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1934-1938, 1934-1938. 1 box.
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1 box

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1939-1943, 1939-1943. 1 box.
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1 box

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1948-1952, 1948-1952. 1 box.
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1 box

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1953-1957, 1953-1957. 1 box.
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1 box

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1958-1962, 1958-1962. 1 box.
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1 box

1963-1968, 1963-1968. 1 box.
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1 box

1969-1974, 1969-1974. 1 box.
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1 box

1975-1980, 1975-1980. 1 box.
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1 box

1981-1987, 1981-1987. 1 box.
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1 box

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1988-1994, 1988-1994. 1 box.
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1 box

Scope and Contents

Series 4, Audio Recordings, 1937-1985, contains phonograph recordings, and reel-to-reel and cassette tapes documenting addresses, commencement and class day exercises, Latin Salutatory and Valedictory orations, and Baccalaureate services. All fifteen phonograph albums (in 4 volumes) were recorded during the June 22, 1937 Commencement. These albums are electrical broadcast transcriptions and require special equipment to play. Reel-to-reel tapes span a period during the mid 1970s and the cassettes range from the late 1970s to mid 1980s.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by year.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Commencement, Vol. 1, 1937. 1 box.
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1 box

Commencement, Vol. 2, 1937. 1 box.
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1 box

Commencement, Vol. 3, 1937. 1 box.
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1 box

Commencement, Vol. 4, 1937. 1 box.
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1 box

Class Day, 1973. 1 box.
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1 box

Class Day, 1975. 1 box.
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1 box

Commencement, 1975. 1 box.
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1 box

Class Day, 1976. 1 box.
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1 box

Commencement (part 1), 1976. 1 box.
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1 box

Commencement (part 2), 1976. 1 box.
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1 box

Class Day, 1977. 1 box.
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1 box

Commencement, 1977. 1 box.
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1 box

Commencement (part 1), 1978. 1 box.
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1 box

Commencement (part 2), 1978. 1 box.
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1 box

Commencement, 1980. 1 box.
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1 box

Commencement, 1981. 1 box.
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1 box

Commencement, 1982. 1 box.
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1 box

Commencement, 1983. 1 box.
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1 box

Commencement, 1984. 1 box.
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1 box

Class Day, 1985. 1 box.
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1 box

Commencement, 1985. 1 box.
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1 box

Scope and Contents

Series 5: Oversize Items, 1748-1962 contains photostats of 18th century newspaper clippings, broadside advertisements for commencement activities, and a small variety of other oversize printed materials.

Arrangement

The materials in Series 5: Oversize Items, 1748-1962 are arranged in approximately chronological order.

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1 box

Photostats of Newspaper Clippings with Commencement Announcements, 1748-1796. 1 box.
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1 box

Broadside Advertisements for Commencement, 1903. 1 box.
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1 box

Broadside Announcing Commencement Day, 1901 June 12. 1 box.
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1 box

Various Oversize Commencement Items, 1935-1948. 1 box.
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1 box

Poster Advertising "Princeton University 206th Commencement", 1952. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Poster, Schedule for 214th Commencement, 1960 June. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Poster, Schedule for 215th Commencement, 1961 June. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Poster, Schedule for 216th Commencement, 1962 June. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Poster, Listing "Class Headquarters for Commencement", 1962. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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