Office of the President records: Robert F. Goheen, 1924-1978.
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Since its incorporation in 1746, the College of New Jersey (renamed Princeton University in 1896) has been governed by a Board of Trustees, headed ex officio by the Governor of New Jersey and the president of the college. The Trustees are responsible for the overarching policies that guide the trajectory of the university. Traditionally, committees of Trustees have concerned themselves with the major aspects of maintaining and running a university: finance, infrastructure, staff, curriculum, and...
Robert F. Goheen was the president of Princeton University from July 1957 until March 1971. Robert Francis (Bob) Goheen was born in India in August 1919, where his father was a Presbyterian medical missionary. He lived in India until he was fifteen, when he enrolled in the Lawrenceville School, graduating two years later. He entered Princeton University as a member of the class of 1940, and graduated with Highest Honors in the Humanities Program. After one year of gradua...
The collection documents the physical expansion of the University from its earliest period through the acquisition of large tracts of land in the 20th century, including the properties around Carnegie Lake and numerous farms. Early records document transactions with such Princeton University notables as Nathaniel Fitz Randolph, John Witherspoon, Walter Minto, John and Richard Stockton, and John Maclean. For the most part, the papers consist of standard legal documents with detailed descriptions ...
Robert F. Goheen was the president of Princeton University from July 1957 until March 1971. The fifteen years of his presidency span a period of immense growth and change at the University. During Goheen's term as president a vigorous building campaign nearly doubled the square footage of occupied space on campus, the faculty grew from under 500 to 700, which included an additional 20 endowed chairs, and the annual budget quadrupled from $20 to $80 million. The undergrad...