Inner Sanctum

Inner Sanctum

Regular price $ 40.00

Inner Sanctum: Memory and Meaning in Princeton's Faculty Room at Nassau Hall

Inner Sanctum takes readers inside the Faculty Room of Princeton University's historic Nassau Hall. It explores the Faculty Room's role as the symbolic center of Princeton and venerable repository of its institutional memory, and looks at how the room and its portraits reflect and helped shape the University's identity.

Located at the very heart of the Princeton campus, the Faculty Room served variously as a prayer hall, library, and museum, until University president Woodrow Wilson had it remodeled in 1906 for executive and ceremonial use. The room is distinctive for its fine architectural features, stately design, and remarkable collection of portraits depicting University founders, American presidents, British monarchs, clergymen, scholars, scientists, and others. This book traces how the Faculty Room's changing function and the diverse portraits on its walls tell an evocative story of Princeton's evolution from a small school of dissident theologians to the world-renowned research university it is today. It demonstrates how the room's contents and design, as well as its long and varied history, invite interpretation across a range of narratives, including those of memory, religion, history, race, biography, portraiture, and architecture.

All items indicated as gifts are wrapped in high-quality gift wrap before placement in secure packaging for shipping.

NOTE: To request gift wrapping for part or all of any order, please add this item to your cart prior to checking out. During checkout you can specify any additional gift wrapping instructions.

You can now pre-order you favorite local artists' handcrafted work directly from the Princeton University Art Museum Store!

Provide your name and contact information, as well as a brief description of the piece you are interested in. Please allow time for us to coordinate with our artists on the production and delivery of your custom order. We will be in contact with you as soon as possible. 

You may also like