This Week in Princeton History for February 12-18

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, debates over fallout shelters are taking place, Henry Fairfax makes his last deliveries, and more.

February 12, 1962—The Fallout Shelter Committee presents its recommendations to Princeton University president Robert Goheen, provoking debate over the school’s responsibilities to local residents and visitors in the event of a nuclear attack.

Map of fallout shelters at Princeton University, ca. 1962. (Click to enlarge.) Office of Physical Planning Records (AC154), Box 32.

February 14, 1817—The Lexington, Kentucky Western Monitor makes note of “a very serious rebellion” at the College of New Jersey (Princeton).

February 16, 1987—The Daily Princetonian reveals the identity of “Henry Fairfax,” ending roughly a decade of tradition.

Valentine left by “Henry Fairfax,” 1976. Image from the Daily Princetonian.

February 18, 1874—A thief steals three gold watches and “a considerable sum of money” from the gymnasium’s dressing room, shocking students with the boldness of the crime.

College of New Jersey (Princeton) Gymnasium, ca. 1870. Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds and Buildings Series (AC111), Box MP47, Image No. 1544.

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