Collins, Varnum Lansing

Collins, Varnum Lansing (1870-1936), who is gratefully remembered for his research and writing in Princeton history, was graduated from Princeton in 1892. In college he was the leader of the Glee Club, chairman of the Bric-a-Brac, and an editor of the Nassau Lit. He served his Alma Mater as reference librarian, preceptor, professor of French, clerk of the faculty, and, finally, as Secretary of the University from 1917 until his death in 1936.

Collins wrote an account of the Continental Congress at Princeton (1908), a history of the University (1914), a guide to the campus and the town (1919), and a two-volume biography of John Witherspoon (1925). ``More than any other person,'' the Alumni Weekly said when he died, ``he has given us a sense of Princeton's living continuity.''


From Alexander Leitch, A Princeton Companion, copyright Princeton University Press (1978).

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