This Week in Princeton History for June 17-23

In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a gas shortage causes headaches in town, the baseball team begins a tour playing against New England colleges, and more.

June 18, 1882—Marquand Chapel is dedicated.

Marquand Chapel, ca. 1880s. Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds and Buildings Series (AC111), Box MP29, Image No. 688.

June 20, 1979—A gasoline shortage is changing the habits of many locally, Town Topics reports. Becky Cross, a typesetter for Princeton University, says, “I stretch everything so I can do it one trip. I used to go shopping a lot. I don’t do that anymore.”

June 22, 1868—Using the name “University Nine” (although the College of New Jersey will not become Princeton University until 1896), Princeton’s baseball team sets off for a tour of New England, during which they will play against Harvard, Yale, and Williams. Its games against Harvard and Yale will help initiate the “Big Three” competitions that will establish these sister institutions as Princeton’s main sports rivals.

Princeton’s baseball team, 1868. Historical Photograph Collection, Campus Life Series (AC112), Box LP27, Image No. 1980.

June 23, 1845—Sophomores gather for the annual celebration of the end of their time as underclassmen, the Sophomore Commencement. A parade led by a band from New Brunswick begins the festivities.

1845 Sophomore Commencement program. (Click to enlarge.) Princeton University Commencement Records (AC115), Box 1, Folder 3.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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