Digital Database

CLICK HERE to access HSP’s online database.

The Historical Society of Princeton provides access to nearly 4,000 photographs from its Photo Archives collection. This online database allows for keyword and advanced searching of the collection. Users will find photographs of Princeton landmarks, people, institutions, and events.

In addition to the Photo Archives collection, users of the digital database will also find hundreds of three-dimensional objects in the Historical Society’s collection. Ranging from the smallest political campaign buttons to the largest pieces of furniture owned by Albert Einstein, the Historical Society’s object collection includes paintings and sculpture, decorative arts, textiles, archaeological artifacts, and ephemera. Please note: only a small portion of HSP's extensive collection is searchable on-line. If you do not find what you need, please contact


If you have questions about how to search the online database, review the “Help” section in the database or email Please note that the “Click & Search” feature will provide you with all available search terms in the database.

Photographic Reproductions

Users who wish to order photographic reproductions of original photographs they see in the online database may click here. Please note that reproduction of any photographs, images, or text without the express written approval of the Historical Society of Princeton is prohibited.

To learn more about the historic photographs in the upper left corner and background of this website, view this PDF, which includes captions for every image.

The Historical Society of Princeton received funding for this project from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.