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Wikipedia editors highlight history of Princeton athletics

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The "Nassau nine" of 1863-64. (Photo: Athletics at Princeton: A History, 1901)
Princeton has nearly 150 years of intercollegiate-athletics history, and the games played in the Internet age represent a relatively small slice. By 1901, a pair of Tiger fans, Frank Presbrey, Class of 1879, and James Moffatt, Class of 1900, had compiled enough stories, photos, and box scores to fill a rather hefty book, Athletics at Princeton: A History, which begins with a rundown of important firsts — Princeton’s first baseball game, vs. Williams in 1864; its first football game, vs. Rutgers in 1869; and its first trip to the intercollegiate rowing regatta, at Saratoga, N.Y., in 1874.
 
In the pages of Wikipedia, however, the Tigers of yesteryear have a somewhat limited footprint. On Oct. 19, 11 volunteer editors began to fill in a few of the gaps, drawing on reference materials at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library.
 
The “edit-a-thon” was the third of its kind hosted by Mudd this year. Q Miceli ’12, a former student employee at Mudd, suggested the idea after attending a Smithsonian-sponsored edit-a-thon in 2011. She organized the first two Princeton events — focused on University history and women at Princeton — and returned as a participant this time.
 
Christa Cleeton, a special collections assistant at Mudd, said that the edit-a-thons encourage Wikipedia editors to take advantage of the vast range of historical documents that are available to the public. The events also aim to show that a visit to the archives is not as challenging as it may seem, Cleeton said.
 

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Things to see and do: Reunions exhibits and performances

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During Reunions, the Princeton University Art Museum continues its three-month exhibition of sculptures, collages, and other assemblages from German avant-garde artist Kurt Schwitters. It is the first overview of his work in the United States since his retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 1985.

 
 
A selection of visual works by students in the Lewis Center for the Arts are on display at two sites: the Lucas Gallery (185 Nassau Street) and the James S. Hall Memorial Gallery (Butler College, lower level between Building A and Bogle Hall).
 

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