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Please note: The Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library will be undergoing an extensive renovation. As of February 1, 2020 we will pause our regular digitization services in order to prepare the collections for the move, including digitization of dissertations and masters theses. Visit our website for the latest information on the availability of our collections during that time, including when we will begin taking new digitization orders.


Beginning fall 2011, newly submitted Princeton University doctoral dissertations have been made available through Princeton’s institutional repository, DataSpace

  • These full-text PDFs are freely accessible to researchers inside or outside of the Princeton University community. Please note, some of the dissertations may be subject to a two-year embargo. Until the embargo expires these dissertations, in their hard-copy form, are only available for use while in the reading room at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library.

There are additional options to view dissertations for those affiliated and not affiliated with Princeton University.

  • For those affiliated with Princeton:
    • To identify all Princeton Ph.D. dissertations, search ProQuest Digital Dissertations. This database will provide abstracts of dissertations beginning in 1980 and the complete dissertation text in PDF format beginning in 1997.
      • Make sure to enter "Princeton" in the School name/code field. 
    • Search the Catalog for author or title to identify Ph.D dissertation or the masters theses.
      • Until fall 2011 there were normally two paper copies available: a non-circulating copy to be viewed in the Princeton University Archives and a circulating copy at ReCAP, a remote storage facility on the Forrestal Campus. The non-circulating copy is available to be viewed and used at the University Archives by requesting the dissertation via the Catalog. The circulating copy is available to be requested via the Catalog by using the ReCAP request button and the dissertation will be brought to the library you designate. You will be sent an e-mail so you know it has arrived. This will usually occur the next weekday after you place the request.
      • Note that the Catalog records for Ph.D. dissertations do not consistently indicate their subjects and/or the academic department in question. However, to identify dissertations completed in the past few decades within a specific department, you can look through this list or construct a search for "Author/Creator" in the Catalog that contains "Princeton University." and the department name. For example: "Princeton University. Dept. of English"
  • For those who are in the U.S. or Canada:
    • Ask your own academic, corporate, or public library to attempt to borrow the circulating copy from Princeton University Library via interlibrary loan.
    • Ask your own academic, corporate, or public library to acquire a copy for their own collections.
    • Purchase a copy yourself from ProQuest Dissertation Publishing.
  • For those who are outside the U.S. or Canada:
    • The Princeton University Library does not lend print Princeton Ph.D. dissertations to libraries outside the United States and Canada—with the exception of institutions that participate in the RLG SHARES program.
    • Ask your own library to acquire a copy for their collections.
    • Purchase a copy yourself from ProQuest Dissertation Publishing