This Week in Princeton History for February 2-8

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a junior saves two friends after an avalanche, Tiger Inn holds its first coed bicker, and more.

February 2, 1953—Princeton University junior John K. Ewing ’54 saves the lives of Richard H. Evans ’55 and John E. Stauffer ’54 in the aftermath of an avalanche on Mount Washington. The following May, Ewing will die tragically in another mountain climbing accident in Connecticut’s Sleeping Giant State Park, at the age of 19.

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John Kennedy Ewing IV’s Class of 1954 Freshman Herald photo (taken ca. 1950).

February 3, 1991—Tiger Inn holds its first coed Bicker.

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This group photo from the 1992 Bric-a-Brac is the first such Tiger Inn photo to include female Princetonians.


February 6, 1976—University Librarian Richard W. Boss announces that Firestone Library will begin classifying all new acquisitions using the Library of Congress classification system, rather than the Richardson system.

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Oscar Sein, Subject Analyst, Catalogue Division, at his desk in the Preparations Department in Firestone Library, ca. 1970s. Historical Photograph Collection, Campus Life Series (AC112), Box MP5, Image No. 124.

February 8, 1877—President James McCosh reports to the Board of Trustees: “It is feared that there is some little drinking among us, and that some run on the Saturdays to Trenton, where they are exposed to great temptation. In Princeton much evil arises from persons … selling drink to students.”

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