The Coale Collection in Stokes Library
Contact Information for Librarians
The Ansley J. Coale Population Research Collection in the Donald E. Stokes Library is one of the oldest demography libraries in the world. Founded over 40 years ago as a specialized research library for the Office of Population Research, it is now a special library in the Princeton University Library system. The collection is located on the lower level of Wallace Hall and is open to the public.
The library is a member of the Association of Population/Family Planning Libraries and Information Centers International (APLIC), a world-wide network of population, demography and family planning libraries.
Interlibrary loan from the collections of other academic institutions, non-governmental and international organizations, nonprofit agencies and consulting firms are available through our membership in this organization.
Key Population Databases (including Population Index):
Key Population ejournals:
For a list of OPR dissertations since 1951 click here. For recent dissertations (1980 or later) the list includes a link to ProQuest, where you will find an abstract and an option to order a copy. For dissertations published since 1996 ProQuest subscribers can also access the full text in PDF format.
Ansley J. Coale
Ansley Johnson Coale (1917-2002) was Director of the Office of Population Research between 1959 and 1976. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton in 1947, joined the faculty the same year, and spent his entire academic career at Princeton.
The Coale Collection was dedicated on June 25, 2002, in a ceremony attended by Ansley and member of his family. We have a nice set of pictures from the occasion.The collection is considered to be the premier collection of demographic material in the country. It contains more than 40,000 bound volumes, as well as over 15,000 reprints, technical reports, manuscripts, and working and discussion papers.
Sixty percent of the collection consists of international statistical material (censuses and vital statistics). It also includes international censuses through 2005 on over 4,000 reels of microfilm.
This interdisciplinary collection covers many fields in demography including formal demography (fertility, mortality and migration), population policy, family planning, epidemiology, child and public health, and family issues.
Office of Population Research, Princeton University, Wallace Hall, Princeton NJ 08544
Phone: (609) 258-4870 Fax: (609) 258-1039 Email: webmaster