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University Hotel Records


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University Hotel (Princeton, N.J.)

The University Hotel existed at the corner of Railroad Avenue (today University Place) and Nassau Street from 1876-1887. The land for the University Hotel was purchased in July 1875 by William Harris of the Princeton Hotel Company, a venture owned by notable Princeton figure William Libbey. The house existing on the plot was moved to Bayard Street (where it later operated as the Peacock Inn) and a hotel was built in its place. The University Hotel operated for a decade until 1886, when it was taken over by a group of sophomore students who were looking to house their organization. After moving from the University Hotel this organization would become Cottage Club.

Consists of three volumes of guest registers from the University Hotel.

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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Series 1: University Hotel Registers, 1876-1886 consists of three volumes of guest registers.


The volumes in Series 1: University Hotel Registers, 1876-1886 have been arranged chronologically.

Physical Description

3 Volumes

University Hotel Guest Register, 1876 June 24-1879 June 10. 1 volume.
Physical Description

1 volume

University Hotel Guest Register, 1879 June 13-1883 June 13. 1 volume.
Physical Description

1 volume

University Hotel / University Hall Guest Register, 1883 June 15-1886 July. 1 volume.
Physical Description

1 volume

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