This Week in Princeton History for September 12-18

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, female employees tell their stories, Wilcox Hall opens, and more.

September 12, 1906—Italian immigrant Vincent R. Gregg, age 14, begins a 57-year career at Princeton University as a histiology technician. He will later explain that when circumstances had left him alone in Princeton, he “aspired to a job—any job at any wages—with Princeton University.”

September 13, 1990—The Princeton University Women’s Organization celebrates the publication of Women’s Voices, Women’s Work, a collection of poetry and essays by the school’s female employees about their experiences there.


Back cover of Women’s Voices, Women’s Work (1990).

September 16, 1961—Wilcox Hall opens for student use.


Wilcox Hall Library, ca. 1960s. Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds and Buildings Series (AC111), Box MP62, Image No. 2368.

September 17, 1754—Workmen begin digging a cellar for the College of New Jersey (Princeton), though the Trustees have not yet chosen the building materials for Nassau Hall.

For last week’s installment in this series, click here.

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