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Henry B. Fine Collection on Woodrow Wilson


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Fine, Henry B. (Henry Burchard), 1858-1928

Henry Burchard Fine (Princeton Class of 1880), the first and only dean of the departments of science, was one of the men who did most to help Princeton develop from a college into a university. He served as an editor of The Princetonian, where he began a life-long friendship with Woodrow Wilson (Princeton Class of 1879). After Woodrow Wilson returned to Princeton as professor of jurisprudence in 1890, he and Fine resumed the close friendship they had begun in college days. In 1903, shortly after he became president of the University, Wilson appointed Fine dean of the faculty of science. After his election as president of the United States, Wilson urged Fine to accept appointment as ambassador to Germany and later as a member of the Federal Reserve Board, but Fine declined both appointments, saying that he preferred to remain at Princeton as a professor of mathematics.

The collection consists of eleven letters from Woodrow Wilson to Henry B. Fine and other documents related to Wilson. The letters were sent from the White House, and are dated October 1916 to July 1922. The documents include Fine's typescripts of "A Narrative of Wilson's Presidency of Princeton University" and "Review of the Controversies in the Administration of President Wilson at Princeton," and a copy of Wilson's article on "The Ideal University."

Arranged by accession number.

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

The letters were a gift of Mrs. Bradford B. Locke in 1963.

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This collection was processed by James Flannery on February 16, 2006. Finding aid created by James Flannery on February 16, 2006.

No material was separated after transfer from Manuscripts Division.

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Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.

Collection Inventory

Henry B. Fine Collection on Woodrow Wilson, 1902-1922. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

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