This Week in Princeton History for February 1-7

In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, house carpentry helps pay student expenses, Joline Hall opens, and more.

February 1, 1830—Philadelphia’s Christian Advocate reports that a student “with no relations to aid him, except a brother from whom he receives some clothing” is working his way through Princeton as a house carpenter.

February 2, 1988—Drinking at Eating Club sign-ins sends 7 to the hospital and 39 to the infirmary, drawing national media attention to Princeton. The Daily Princetonian will pronounce the events “an unqualified nightmare.”

February 3, 1933—Joline Hall opens, and its first residents are moving in.

Drawing of Joline Hall. Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds and Buildings Series (AC111), Box MP52, Image No. 1840.

February 6, 1876—Students gather in the college Chapel to hear from internationally famed revivalists Dwight L. Moody and Ira David Sankey. Later reports say the visit inspired many students to engage in one-on-one evangelism among their peers.

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Demystifying Mudd: Summer Student Employees

By Himaayah Agwedicham ’20 and Jasper Gebhardt ’20

Student Assistant for Technical Services: Himaayah Agwedicham ’20

This summer, I’ve worked as an assistant under Lynn Durgin, Special Collections Assistant for Technical Services. I process and review the records for senior theses, alumni files, and doctoral dissertations. Generally, I work most closely with the influx of newer materials that will become additions to the documented history of Princeton University. I spend most of my time in Mudd’s processing room, where I work on a library computer to review or log collections.

Although I usually work with new materials, one of my first projects was to collect and check for duplicates in Mudd’s extensive Class Reunions Books Collection (AC214). Princeton Reunions are notorious for being the largest and most consistently attended of such celebrations in the world. Over 25,000 alumni, family, and friends attend the celebration each year. Continue reading

This Week in Princeton History for July 27-August 2

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, the campus cracks down on gambling, students get to work to put themselves through college, and more.

July 27, 1837—James W. Albert, Class of 1838, writes to his mother about the news from Nassau Hall. A crackdown on gambling has already resulted in a dozen students being expelled, but is still ongoing: “Boss says he is going to dismiss forty for gambling; more than half the students are suspected.”

July 28, 1754—Nathaniel Fitz Randolph deeds 4 ½ acres in Princeton to the College of New Jersey (including the building site of Nassau Hall).

July 29, 1993—Three Princetonians begin a record-setting road trip that will have them seeing 28 major league baseball games in 28 cities in 28 days.

August 1, 1911—The Student Bureau of Self-Help, precursor to the Student Employment Agency, begins connecting cash-strapped Princeton students with local jobs.


Students have held a wide variety of jobs on campus since 1911. Here, Edwin Salter ’39 works as the night switchboard operator for the University exchange, ca. 1938. Historical Photograph Collection, Campus Life Series (AC112), Box SP13, Image No. 3315.

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