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Principia Archives

Archives Collections

The following is a small selection of materials you might find interesting at the Archives.

Page and Belt campus Howard Gymnasium Principia History found at the Archives

The history of Principia is found throughout the Archives in photographs, documents, correspondences, administrative records, publications and other materials created by and about Principia. It includes history by and about The Principia founder - Mary Kimball Morgan and her family members, as well as the numerous Christian Science professors, students, and community in not only St. Louis, Missouri and Elsah, Illinois, but Principians from around the world.
For published information about Principia's early history, the Morgan family, those that loved and supported the Principia's development, read


‚ÄčMary Kimball Morgan and Bernard Maybeck Maybeck and White Collection (and Website)

This collection is a rich history of letters, field reports, photographs, blueprints, vendor files, drawings, pastels, and other material related to the building of The Principia College to and from our favorite California architect, Bernard R. Maybeck. An overview of Maybeck's commission at Principia, including the majority of Bernard Maybeck's pastel drawings, can be viewed on the Maybeck website. For additional historical information about Maybeck and his largest commission, read:


 Frederick Oakes Sylvester, ca. 1911 Frederick Oakes Sylvester Collection 

The Principia cherishes many paintings, artwork, objects, photographs, poetry, books, newspaper articles, event publications, and materials created by and about Frederick Oakes Sylvester. These materials from the artist, family, friends, and donors will help you learn about the artist, poet, art professor, and first Principia Art Director (1901-1915). Framed paintings are on rotating display on both the Principia College campus in Elsah, IL and Principia School campus in St. Louis, MO. 
For published works by and about Principia's beloved art professor and poet, read:


Principia Publications 

Course catalogs, pamphlets, Principia Alumni Purpose, Principia Progress, Pilot Newspaper/Magazine, and other historical Principia printed materials created for and by students throughout Principia's history are found and available to read at the Archives and online. Visit the Principia Digital Collections page for online access to a selection of these materials.


Homecoming dance Principia Scrapbook Collection 

Principia student, faculty, and the occasional School or College event scrapbooks range from the early 1900s at the Page Blvd., St. Louis, MO campus, to the current Principia College, Elsah, IL and Principia School, St. Louis, MO campuses. These scrapbooks are available for research when visiting the Principia Archives.


Studio Art Faculty James Green James L. Green Artwork and Papers 

A wealth of paintings, drawings, and archival materials about and by Principia College Studio Art professor, James (Jim) Green make up this collection. Selected paintings rotate on display in buildings and offices at  Principia College, Elsah, IL and Principia School, St. Louis, MO campuses through the Campus Art Loan program.


 Charles B. Hosmer, Jr. Papers

This collection is comprised of faculty research and materials collected by Charles B. Hosmer Jr. during his teaching career, related to the Principia College buildings, Elsah and the surrounding community, as well as some student lead research regarding the geographical area around Elsah, IL.


 Percival Robertson Papers

The Archives holds the collection of materials gathered in the research and writing of Percival Robertson's book: Gleanings: from my years at PrincipiaThe book describes his unique experiences while at The Principia, starting on the Page Blvd. campus and through his teaching career at Principia College.


Edwin S. Leonard Jr. Papers 

Research materials and drafts of the history of Principia written by Edwin S. Leonard Jr.


Paul O. Williams Papers 

Completed books, drafts and materials relating to the writing of the Pelbar series by Paul O. Williams.


Ernest Vogel Papers

This special letter collection is held in Archival storage, and under restricted access.