Digital Archiving of Senior Theses

The Princeton University Archives in the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library is Princeton University’s central repository for senior theses submitted in fulfillment of the undergraduate degree requirements. This collection of more than 60,000 theses serves as an important resource for undergraduate research.

To enhance the reach and utility of this resource, the library has created a digital archive to enable members of the Princeton University community (students, faculty, staff) and other authorized users of the University's computing network to access copies of senior theses online. Subject to the limitations of copyright law, such authorized users may also make individual digital copies for private, scholarly purposes. This digital archive will not be freely available online to the general public, although the library will accommodate written requests for copies of theses from anyone who agrees to follow the limitations of copyright law and who also pays for any related costs.

Given a number of sensitivities surrounding the circulation of copyrighted materials in digital form, it is important that, as a graduating senior, you understand your options for depositing your work:

  1. Online Access: Unless you elect either or both of the options described below, your thesis will be automatically deposited in the digital archive and accessible online to authorized users of the Princeton University computing network (as described above).

  2. Walk-in Access Only: If you feel that your thesis should not be made accessible online via our computing network, you may elect to limit access to those who visit Mudd Library in person. These “walk-in” patrons, who may include members of the general public, will be able to access the archive at a designated computer terminal in Mudd Library and, subject to the limitations of copyright law, permitted to make copies of individual theses. Please note that a list of all theses in the University Archives is publicly available online.

  3. Embargo: To protect a compelling interest, you may request that your thesis be embargoed so that it remains completely inaccessible for a specific, limited period of time. For example, embargoing your thesis may be appropriate if its disclosure would compromise intellectual property or privacy interests, or if your thesis includes data that you or your faculty adviser are planning to publish at a later time. Please be sure to consult with your adviser if you have questions about the sensitivity of the data in your thesis. All embargo requests will be carefully reviewed.

If you wish to embargo your thesis for a specific period of time and/or restrict access to “walk-in” users of Mudd Library, please complete and submit a Restricted Access Form to the Office of the Dean of the College before your Commencement Ceremony.

If you wish to publish your thesis independently upon graduation, we ask that you consult with your faculty adviser before taking that step to confirm that its publication will not compromise the interests of others. 

Please contact the Office of the Dean of the College ( or the University Archives ( if you have any questions.