Public Notice

Regarding the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Section 106 Review of Structural Improvement of the Historical Studies and Social Science Library at the Institute for Advanced Study:

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has offered the Institute for Advanced Study a grant to implement building envelope improvements to the Historical Studies-Social Science Library. NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

This public notice is issued as part of NEH’s responsibilities under 36 C.F.R. Part 800, the regulations which implement Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended, 16 U.S.C. § 470. NEH, a funding agency, is required by regulation to identify and assess the effects of any proposed actions on historic properties. If any proposed action will have an adverse effect on historic resources, NEH works with the appropriate parties to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse effects. Additionally, the Section 106 regulations require NEH to consider the views of the public on preservation issues when making final decisions that affect historic properties.

The proposed undertaking is at the Historical Studies-Social Science Library, located on the campus at 1 Einstein Drive, Princeton, New Jersey 08540-4952. The scope of work involves the following: installation of a glazed roofing system over the existing roofing system to address water infiltration and humidity fluctuations caused by the design of the existing roofing system; expansion of the existing mechanical penthouse to accommodate equipment to properly ventilate the new roofing system; installation of a new exterior drainage system to replace the damaged integral drainage system that runs through the structural deck; installation of UV light filtering panels on the interior of the existing windows; in-kind replacement of the concrete terrace; in-kind replacement of the library annex roof; and in-kind replacement of the north exterior stairs.

Bruce M. White

The Institute for Advanced Study Historical Study-Social Science Library is a contributing resource to the Institute for Advanced Study Historic District. The library was designed by the New York City firm Harrison and Abramowitz and was dedicated in 1965. The library embodies distinctive features of modern architecture of its time including the placement of separated building masses on a large “floating” plaza. The building architecture incorporates a unique roof structure of formed concrete beams cast in interfacing wave profiles that provide north facing natural lighting throughout the first floor.

On January 8, 2021, Katherine J. Marcopul, Ph.D., CPM, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer with the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office, determined that the project will have no adverse effect to historic properties as defined by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. 

As required by Section 106, NEH is providing the public with information about this project, as well as an opportunity to comment on any knowledge of, or concerns with, historic properties in the proposed project area, and issues relating to the project’s potential effects on historic properties. Comments may be submitted to the NEH by e-mail to The deadline for submitting comments is February 3.