This Week in Princeton History for October 23-29

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, the World Series puts two former roommates at odds, a stolen item is recovered, and more.

October 24, 1947—In response to widespread criticism of the idea as not in keeping with the spirit of the nation’s food conservation program, the Princeton Tiger calls off its scheduled milk-drinking competition against the chorus girls of New York’s Copacabana Club.

October 25, 1888—Professor Allan Marquand invites “such graduate students as may desire to pursue a course of study in Greek Architecture” to his home this evening.

October 26, 1997—Game Seven of baseball’s World Series pits the employers of two former Princeton roommates against one another: Bob Reif ’89, Vice President of Integrated Marketing for Huizenga Properties (including the Florida Marlins), and Mark Shapiro ’89, Director of Player Development for the Cleveland Indians.

October 28, 1914—Two alumni find a page stolen from the Cleveland Memorial Tower visitor’s book in the front seat of a car in a garage in Trenton. The first signature is William Howard Taft’s from a previous visit to campus, and several members of the Cleveland family have also signed the page. A reward of one hundred dollars for information leading to the apprehension of the culprits is still outstanding.

The stolen first page of the Cleveland Memorial Tower Visitor Log, Vol. 1. If you look closely, you can see the seam where it was reattached to the book. Cleveland Memorial Tower Visitor Logs (AC303).

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This Week in Princeton History for June 5-11

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, Commencement is held without predicted problems, a senior praises William Howard Taft, and more.

June 5, 1978—Princeton University’s Board of Trustees votes to include coverage for abortion under the student health insurance plan.

This article by an anonymous female Princeton University student details her experiences with health care prior to the decision to cover abortion under the student health plan (Princeton Forerunner, November 30, 1976).

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“A Princeton Student’s Letter to His Father” and the Election of 1912

With Father’s Day coming up this weekend and the United States in the midst of a particularly contentious election season, this seemed like perfect timing to highlight a 1912 pamphlet found in the Princeton University Publications Collection (AC364), “A Princeton Student’s Letter to His Father and His Father’s Reply” (Box 2).

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This Week in Princeton History for May 9-15

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, President Taft is visiting, fire ravages the campus, and more.

May 11, 1912—U.S. President William Howard Taft is the guest of John Grier Hibben at Prospect House on campus, having come to celebrate Hibben’s inauguration as president of Princeton University. (Video here.)

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William Howard Taft at Prospect House. Historical Photograph Collection, Individuals Series (AC067), Box LP1.

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