National Endowment for the Humanities at
Princeton Public Library
Princeton Public Library is committed to sustaining and growing humanities programs and projects to enrich the lives of our patrons through thought-provoking public programs, collections development, and broader access to all things humanities related. Humanities programs at the library support the library’s mission to engage, inspire, educate, and unite everyone in our community, connecting people through words and ideas to enrich their lives.
The Humanities at Princeton Public Library
The driving force behind humanities programs at the library is a Challenge Grant received in 2007 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The endowment created through the grant and local fundraising efforts provides funding for humanities programs, collections development, and other projects now and into the future.
Princeton Public Library Humanities Advisory Group
This group of volunteers advises the library and helps guide and evaluate humanities-based programs and projects. This group includes scholars, practitioners, educators, and community members who help build and maintain relationships between the library and local institutions, offer suggestions for community partnerships, and provide ideas and feedback on programs and projects.
What are the humanities?
The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.
Upcoming Events Spotlight
Monday, March 16, 6pm, Community Room at Princeton Public Library
In honor of Pi Day, we will screen the film “IQ,” most of which was filmed in Princeton. Following the hour-and 35-minute screening, there will be an Open Archive displaying items from the production. Filmed in 1994, “IQ” is a romantic comedy set in the 1950s featuring Walter Matthau as Albert Einstein playing matchmaker for his niece played by Meg Ryan.
The Historical Society of Princeton’s Open Archive series allows visitors to interact with little-seen artifacts and documents from its vast collection. Featuring a different theme each time, these events present historical material with minimal interpretation and encourage visitors to make observations, ask questions, and be the historian themselves. HSP’s curator of collections and research will be on hand to share information and answer questions.
This event is presented in partnership with the Historical Society of Princeton.
Tuesday, April 21, 7pm, Community Room at Princeton Public Library
Author and journalist Elaine Weiss discusses her book “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote.” The book is the story of the multi-faceted 1920 struggle to get the state of Tennessee to ratify the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.
From the publisher’s website: Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have approved the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the right to vote; one last state – Tennessee – is needed for women’s voting rights to be the law of the land. The suffragists face vicious opposition from politicians, clergy, corporations, and racists who don’t want black women voting. And then there are the “Antis” – women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the nation’s moral collapse. And in one hot summer, they all converge for a confrontation, replete with booze and blackmail, betrayal and courage. Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, “The Woman’s Hour” is the gripping story of how America’s women won their own freedom, and the opening campaign in the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.
The Challenge Grant from the NEH makes all these things possible
Both print and digital collections are continually enhanced to keep up with new releases and to build collections on specific themes.
The goal of the project is to collect, share, and archive stories and memories of Princetonians. Voices of Princeton is a collaborative oral history project between the Princeton Public Library, the Historical Society of Princeton, the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society, and the Arts Council of Princeton.
This program provides cardholders with free access to 21 local and regional cultural destinations.
Kanopy provides access our new video streaming service which offers a broad selection of quality documentaries, feature films and training videos from producers including The Criterion Channel, The Great Courses, PBS, Music Box Films, Kino Lorber, First Run Features, BBC, and many more.
Access Video on Demand is an online digital video delivery service that allows you to view streaming videos from Films Media Group anytime, anywhere, 24/7. Choose from more than 6,500 educational titles in many subject areas relating to the humanities and social sciences.