Research Inquiries

The Historical Society of Princeton is happy to provide a variety of research services to our patrons, making use of our unique and extensive collections. Services include professional staff-conducted research as well as appointments for patron-conducted research in the case of lengthier special requests. All research requests must be submitted in writing using THIS FORM. Click for a PDF version of the on-line form. Research requests are usually handled within four weeks and are addressed in the order in which they are received.

Please email or call 609.921.6748 x100 with any questions.

Research and Photocopying Fees

HSP Staff-Conducted Research

  • All patrons: first half hour - FREE
  • HSP Members: $15/hour, after first half hour
  • Non-Members: $20/hour, after first half hour


Photocopying is permitted (within copyright limitations) if library materials are in good condition.

  • Letter size (8 ½ x 11): $0.35/sheet
  • Legal size (8 ½ x 14): $0.50/sheet

Photographic reproductions

HSP provides reproductions of its photographs, maps, architectural drawings, and manuscript materials, as condition allows. Please click here for more information.

Patron-Conducted Research Appointments (in special cases)

Pricing includes staff time to research, select, and pull relevant materials.
  • HSP Members: $10 per appointment
  • Non-Members: $20 per appointment

Proceeds from HSP's research services benefit the preservation and interpretation of HSP's collection.

Please note:
  • For ethical reasons, the Historical Society of Princeton does not provide appraisals of objects held in private collections or other public institutions. You can seek an appraisal professional in your area through the American Society of Appraisers or the Appraisers Association of America.
  • If you are looking for information about renovation and construction restrictions on a privately-owned historic building in Princeton, please contact the municipal Office of Historic Preservation, which is separate from HSP, at 609-921-1359.

Princeton History Bibliography

To begin studying Princeton history, the following titles will be helpful:
Axtell, James.  The Making of Princeton University: from Woodrow Wilson to the Present / Princeton,
N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2006

Breese, Gerald William. Footprints on Edgehill
Street : Glimpses of Princeton Life, 1684-1990 / Princeton, N.J. : Darwin Press, 1991

Greenwald, Alice M. Old Traditions, New Beginnings: Two Hundred Fifty Years of Princeton Jewish History / Princeton, N.J.: Historical Society of Princeton, 2002

Greiff, Constance M. and Wanda S. Gunning.  Morven : Memory, Myth & Reality / Princeton, N.J.: Historic Morven, Inc., 2004

Greiff, Constance M., Mary W. Gibbons, and Elizabeth G.C. Menzies.  Princeton Architecture: a Pictorial History of Town and Campus.  Princeton, N.J., Princeton University Press, 1967

Hageman, John F.  History of Princeton and its   Institutions / Philadelphia : J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1879

Rhinehart, Raymond P.  Princeton University / New York : Princeton Architectural Press, 1999

Smith, Richard D.  Princeton / Dover, N.H. :  Arcadia, 1997

Smith, Richard D., Princeton University /Charleston, SC : Arcadia, 2005

Washington, Jack.  The Long Journey Home: a Bicentennial History of the Black Community of Princeton, New Jersey 1776-1976 / Trenton, N.J. : Africa World Press, 2005

African American History in Princeton, The History of African American Community in Princeton, New Jersey by PULSE,

Princeton University Chapel,

Researchers can supplement their work at the Historical Society by contacting other local institutions, including the Princeton Public Library.