Office of Career Services Records
Held at: Princeton University Library: University Archives [Contact Us]
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.
Overview and metadata sections
Originally established in 1912 as the Self-Help Bureau, the Office of Career Services is an organizational unit of the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life that provides career resources and programming for both undergraduate and graduate students. The original bureau had been created to aid students with financial needs to secure employment during and between the academic years as well after graduation. The bureau underwent a name change in 1920 (Bureau of Appointments and Self Help) and 1921 (Bureau of Appointments and Student Employment) to more accurately reflect its role in career counseling, vocational placement for graduates, and employment for current students.
Twenty years later in 1941, the bureau assumed greater responsibilities for work-study, teacher placement, and alumni appointments in addition to arranging job interviews and dedicating itself to senior job placement. This new set of responsibilities hastened a new designation as the Bureau of Student Placement. Gordon G. Sikes '16 served as the new bureau's first director and held the office for over twenty years until his retirement in 1962, at which time Warren P. Elmer '42 assumed the position and soon changed the name of the unit to the Career and Study Services Division. Following a two-year stint as Counseling and Career Services, the Office of Career Services begin its inaugural year in 1968.
The records include three bound volumes of annual reports from the Princeton University Office of Career Services spanning the years 1943 to 1977. Topics covered include alumni appointments, work-study, study services and academic support.
The records maintain the order in which they were transferred to the University Archives. No order has been placed on them.
Materials were transferred from the Princeton University Office of Career Services in September 2014. Accession Number: AR.2014.062.
This collection was processed by Jarrett M. Drake in 2014. Finding aid written by Jarrett M. Drake in 2014.
No materials were separated from the collection at the time of accessioning in 2014.
- University Archives
- Finding Aid Date
- Access Restrictions
Records are closed for 30 years from the date of their creation. Materials older than 30 years that do not pertain to student academic performance, trustee issues, or faculty personnel matters are open.
- Use Restrictions
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. The Trustees of Princeton University hold copyright to all materials generated by Princeton University employees in the course of their work. If copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers will not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with non-commercial use of materials from the Mudd Library. For materials where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.