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Undergraduate Student Government Records

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: University Archives. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Princeton University. Undergraduate Student Government.

In the 1960s, students made the connection between political activism on the national level and political activism on the campus level. At Princeton, the University administration's perceived inaccessibility (as well as its support for Vietnam War defense projects) in the face of student and faculty outcry, led students to view their administrators and the United States government with similar hostility and suspicion.

In 1969, student and faculty pressure led to the establishment of the Council of the Princeton University Community, an influential and representative campus governing body. A further outgrowth of the unrest and institutional reforms of the late 1960s was the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), which was launched in 1975 and claimed ownership over student-related campus issues. The pre-existent Academics and Social Committees, as well as the Projects Board, assumed more influence within the new structure of student government. The Academics Committee published the student-written Student Course Guide every semester, and its members served on the University's Committee on the Course of Study. The Social Committee organized concerts, lectures, and parties. And the Projects Board distributed thousands of dollars in funds every year to student groups, enabling them to finance projects and events. Though the structure of the Undergraduate Student Government has been adjusted over the years, its organization and authority have remained relatively constant since 1975.

The collection consists of records and publications of the Undergraduate Student Government from 1982 to 1997. Campaign and publicity materials from the Princeton University Democrats, and student activism files from the office of Professor Stanley Kelley are included in the collection as well as the records of Jeffrey Siegel, Class of 1998, who served on the Undergraduate Student Government for four years.

Later additions to the records include a 2012 USG Mid-Year Report, drafts of a 2013 revision to the USG Constitution, and the USG public website from 2015.

Donated in 2000 by Jeffrey S. Siegal, Class of 1998 (Accession # AR2000-135).

Series 4, a 2012 Mid-Year Report, was transferred to the University Archives in 2012 (AR.2012.141).

Series 6, drafts of the 2013 revision to the Constitution, was donated in 2017 by Zhan Okuda-Lim, Class of 2015 (AR.2017.121).

Full text searching of the Undergraduate Student Goverment archived website is available through the ArchiveIt interface.

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.

Box 6 contains VHS videocassettes.

This collection was processed by Matthew Reeder and Onur Erdem '04 in November 2002. Finding aid written by Matthew Reeder and Onur Erdem in November 2002.

Container list for Series 3 created by Eleanor Wright '14 in January 2012 and finding aid updated by Christie Peterson in February 2012.

Series 6 added by Phoebe Nobles in November 2017.

No materials have been separated from this collection.

Publisher
University Archives
Finding Aid Author
Matthew Reeder; Onur Erdem; Christie Peterson
Finding Aid Date
2003
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Series 1: Undergraduate Student Government Records consists of the records and publications of the Undergraduate Student Government from 1982-1997. Campaign and publicity records from the Princeton University Democrats are also included.

Arrangement

The materials in Series 1: Undergraduate Student Government Records, 1982-1999 are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Physical Description

4 boxes

Academics Committee, 1990-1993. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Advertisements, 1990-1992. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Assembly Meeting Agendas and Minutes, 1989 October-1990 November. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Assembly Meeting Minutes, 1991-1992. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Assembly Meeting Minutes, 1991-1992. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Budgets, 1989-1993. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Budgets and Spreadsheets of Expenditures, 1989-1992. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Constitutions, 1984-1995. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Executive Committee Agendas, 1989 September-1992 September. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Executive Officer Elections, 1990-1991. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Princeton Borough, Township Consolidation, 1996 November. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Princeton College Democrats -- Campaign 1996, 1996. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Princeton College Democrats -- E-mail Correspondence, 1996 September-1998 March. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Princeton College Democrats -- Newsletters and Summer Internship Booklet, 1988-1990. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Princeton College Democrats -- Officers, Constitution, and Committee Information, 1998-1999. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Progress Reports and Attendance Records, 1989-1991. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Projects Board Applications for Funding, 1982-1992. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Projects Board Applications for Funding, 1982-1992. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Projects Board Applications for Funding, 1982-1992. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Projects Board Applications for Funding, 1982-1992. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Projects Board Applications for Funding, 1982-1992. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Projects Board Applications for Funding, 1982-1992. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Projects Board Applications for Funding, 1982-1992. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Projects Board Applications for Funding, 1982-1992. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Projects Board Meetings, 1984-1991. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Rosters, 1970-2009. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Student Course Guide, 1986. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Student Course Guide, 1989-1997. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Student Course Guide, 1989-1997. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Student Course Guide, 1989-1997. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Student Course Guide, 1989-1997. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Student Course Guide, 1989-1997. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Student Course Guide, 1989-1997. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Student Course Guide, 1989-1997. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Treasurer's Reports, 1992-1993. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Warren, Kay. Princeton's Program in Women's Studies: The First Six Years; 1982-1988, 1988 February. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Student Life Committee Report and 2012 Annual Report, 2011-2012. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Report of the Taskforce on Relationsips between the University and the Eating Clubs, 2009-2010. 1 folder.
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1 folder

USG Notes and Agendas, 2007. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Budget and New Dining Plan, 2006. 1 folder.
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1 folder

USG Notes and Reports, 2005-2006. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Budgets and Taskforce Reports, 2004-2005. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Ivy Council Reform and Class Survey, 2003-2004. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Proposed Admendments to the Honor System, 2002-2003. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Proposal on Scheduling Grid, 1999. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Reports and Proposals, 1998-1999. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Proposal and Correspondence, 1997-1998. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Reports and Correspondence, 1993-1994. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Proposals, Resolutions, and Budgets, 1987-1988. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

Series 2: Files from the Office of Stanley Kelley, 1968-1986 consists of student activism files from the office of Princeton University Professor Stanley Kelley.

Arrangement

The materials in Series 2: Files from the Office of Stanley Kelley, 1968-1986 are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Demonstrations, Protests, and Appeals, 1970-1972. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Divestment from South Africa, 1968-1986. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA), Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), 1972-1973. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Journals, 1968-1969. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Movement for a New Congress, Princeton Plan, 1970-1972. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Prospects for Action in the 1970 Congressional Election, 1970 August. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

Series 3: Undergraduate Student Government Records, 1962-1999 (bulk 1995-1997) consists of records that were apparently received from Jeffrey Siegel, Class of 1998, at the same time as materials in Series 1 of this collection, but were not processed or included with that series for unknown reasons. The records consist of printoffs of email, memoranda, reports, research materials, and other records collected or generated by Siegel during his four years in Princeton Undergraduate Student Government, including six VHS videotapes of Undergraduate Student Government meetings.

Arrangement

The materials in Series 3: Undergraduate Student Government Records Additions, 1962-1999 (bulk 1995-1997) remain in the original order in which they were received in the archives. They are organized alphabetically by subject.

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2 boxes

2 Dickinson Street Problems, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

24-Hour Firestone Library Reserve Room - Exam Periods, 1996-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

24-Hour Dormitory Prox Lock, 1990-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Academics Committee / Academic Advising, 1995-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Activism, circa 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Admissions and Financial Aid, 1995-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Alcohol Policy, 1990-1995. 1 box.
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1 box

Appointments, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Athletics, 1995-1996. 1 box.
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1 box

Athletic Dinners, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Awards, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Bank Robbery / Campus Emergency Network, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Bike Racks, 1995. 1 box.
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1 box

Blair Arch Railings, 1998. 1 box.
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1 box

Buses to Football Games, 1997 Fall. 1 box.
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1 box

Block Party on Prospect Avenue, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Borough/Township Issues and Local Student Concerns, 1995-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Campus Center, 1994. 1 box.
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1 box

Campus Leadership Groups, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Career Services, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Chancellor Green E-Mail Computer Terminals, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Class Offices and Activities, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Clio Hall and Career Services, 1975, 1983, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Coin-less Laundry, 1993-1996. 1 box.
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1 box

Communiversity, 1997-1998. 1 box.
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1 box

Computing and Information Technology, 1985, 1996-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Concerts and P-Party, 1996-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Constituent Service, 1996-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Council of the Princeton University Community, 1969-1975, 1993-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Council of the Princeton University Community Executive Committee, 1995-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

David Ascher '99: Undergraduate Student Government President, February 1998 - February 1999, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Dave Calone '96: Speeches as Undergraduate Student Government President, 1994 February - 1996 February. 1 box.
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1 box

Dean of the College -- Dean Nancy Weiss Malkiel, 1996-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Dillon Fitness Center -- Extension of Hours, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Dean of Student Life -- Janina Montero / Beth Morgan, 1996-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Discipline, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Discounts, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Dormitory Rehabilitation, 1995. 1 box.
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1 box

Eating Clubs, 1997-1999. 1 box.
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1 box

Elections, 1996-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Executive Committee (Undergraduate Student Government), 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Financial Issues / Aid Plan, 1996-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Flexible Finals, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Football, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Freshman Orientation, 1995-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Goals and Ideas, 1996. 1 box.
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1 box

Grade Inflation, 1998. 1 box.
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1 box

Graduate Student Union, 1996-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Hillary Clinton Visit - E-Mail Fiasco, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Halogen Lamp Ban, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Handicapped Access, 1995. 1 box.
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1 box

Health Services, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Internet Use and Politics, 1996. 1 box.
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1 box

Letter to First Year Class, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Loggia (Robert Venturi's Campus Center Arch), 1997-1998. 1 box.
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1 box

Mail Reform, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Mayor Marvin Reed (Princeton Borough) (Correspondence), 1996-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Meal Options, 1994-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Movie Shuttle, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

News Releases, 1989-1994. 1 box.
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1 box

Nude Olympics, 1996-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Office Space, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Online Information, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Other Colleges and Universities, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Outreach, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Outside Press, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Palmer Stadium, 1998. 1 box.
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1 box

Past Undergraduate Student Government Correspondence, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Pass/D/Fail Grading Changes, 1997-1999. 1 box.
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1 box

Pedestrian Safety (Washington Road), 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Peer Education, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Pet Projects, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Physical Planning, 1996. 1 box.
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1 box

President Shapiro's Strategic Plan, 1993-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Priorities Committee, 1993-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

"The Daily Princetonian" Information, 1995-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Princeton Borough/Township Consolidation Vote - November, 1996. 1 box.
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1 box

Princeton Impressions, 1995-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Princeton University Organization Chart, 1998. 1 box.
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1 box

Projects Board, 1994-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Race Relations / Third World Center, 1993-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Random Ideas, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Regional Transportation, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Retreats, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Reunions / Alumni Council, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Safety, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Search Committees, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Sexual Education, 1994. 1 box.
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1 box

Smoking Policy, 1994-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Social Committee / Concerts, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Speeches -- Jeff Siegel '98, Mike Fischer '97, David Calone '96, 1994-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Student Activities Fair, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Student Agencies, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Student Course Guide, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Student Involvement in the Tenure Process, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Student Government History (Tim Allison '96 Research), 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Student Organizations, 1995-1998. 1 box.
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1 box

Student Organizations -- Student Publications, 1997-1998. 1 box.
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1 box

Summer Mailings, 1995-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Supermarket Shuttle, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Theater, 1996-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Teaching and Learning Center, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Transition, 1997-1998. 1 box.
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1 box

Thank You Notes, 1996-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Trustees, 1996-1998. 1 box.
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1 box

Undergraduate Life Committee, Faculty-Student Committee, 1994-1996. 1 box.
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1 box

University Online Calendar, 1996. 1 box.
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1 box

Updates, 1996-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Undergraduate Student Government Constitutions, 1962-1996. 1 box.
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1 box

Undergraduate Student Government Executive Secretary, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Undergraduate Student Government -- General Information, 1995-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Undergraduate Student Government Newsletters, 1995. 1 box.
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1 box

Undergraduate Student Government Officers, 1996-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Undergraduate Student Government Presidential Campaign, 1996-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Undergraduate Student Government Senate -- Agendas and Minutes, 1995-1998. 1 box.
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1 box

Undergraduate Student Government Treasurer, 1996-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Undergraduate Student Government Webpage, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

University Store Card -- Off-Campus Use (University Store Issues), 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Voicemail Polls, 1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Voting and Local Elections, 1996-1997. 1 box.
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1 box

Wilson College, 1994-1995. 1 box.
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1 box

Undergraduate Student Government Meeting with President Shapiro, 1995 November 12. 1 box.
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1 box

Undergraduate Student Government Senate Meeting - TigerVision, 1995 December 3. 1 box.
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1 box

TigerVision News -- Undergraduate Student Government Meeting: October 15, Undated. 1 box.
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1 box

TigerVision -- Undergraduate Student Government Meeting, 1995 November 19. 1 box.
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1 box

Undergraduate Student Government Candidates' Forum -- TigerVision, 1995 Spring. 1 box.
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1 box

Undergraduate Student Government -- Student Senate Meeting, TigerVision News, 1995 September 20. 1 box.
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1 box

Series 4: Undergraduate Student Government Mid-Year Report, 2012. 1 box.
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No arrangement action taken or arrangement information not recorded at the time of processing.

Scope and Contents

Mid-year report of the Undergraduate Student Government, 2012.

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1 box

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Ivy Council Listserv, 2022. .01 GB.
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PU Artists Listserv, 2022. .01 GB.
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USG Executive Committee, 2022. .01 GB.
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USG Forum, 2022. .01 GB.
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Series 6: Drafts for Revision of Undergraduate Student Government Constitution, 2013. 1 box.
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No arrangement action taken.

Scope and Contents

Three printouts of proposed revision to the Constitution with handwritten edits, donated by Zhan Okuda-Lim, Class of 2015.

Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

The Princeton Undergraduate Student Government public websites provides information on the activities of the university's undergraduate student government.

Full text searching of this archived web site is available through the Archive-It interface.

Arrangement

The original arrangement of the files was maintained.

Physical Description

4 items

Princeton Undergraduate Student Government's retired website, 2008-2018. 1 item.
Scope and Contents

The Princeton University Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Website documents the elected and appointed officers of the USG, as well as its services, initiatives, events and activities. The website also provides information on how to start a student club and a mechanism to vote in USG elections or to submit a referendum.

Full text searching of the Undergraduate Student Government archived website is available through the ArchiveIt interface.

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1 item

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Princeton Undergraduate Student Government's current website, 2018. 1 item.
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