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Office of Career Services Records


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Princeton University. Office of Career Services.

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.

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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.

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Collection Inventory

Annual Reports: Alumni Appointments Work Study, 1948-1964. 1 box.
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1 box

Study Services and Academic Support, 1943-1964. 1 box.
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1 box

Annual Reports, 1964-1977. 1 box.
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1 box

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