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This Week in Princeton History for February 8-14

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, sophmores take over Quadrangle Club, the Suffrage Walking Pilgrims make their way through campus, and more.

February 8, 1991—Frustrated by their unsuccessful efforts to join other eating clubs during Bicker, 100 sophomores stage a “takeover” of Quadrangle Club, one of the sign-in clubs. Current membership of the club is apprehensive about the likely results of this influx of new members (now over 60% of the total membership).

Quadrangle Club, undated. Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds and Buildings Series (AC111), Box AD02, Image No. 7824.

February 10, 1887—College of New Jersey (Princeton) president James McCosh reports to the Board of Trustees that not as many students are checking books out of the library as he thinks should be doing so. “The Library Committee of the Faculty has taken up this subject and is seeking to devise remedies for the evil.”

February 12, 1939—Frustrated with changes in European governments under Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, astronomy professor Henry N. Russell says at a meeting in Alexander Hall, “The only difference I can see between Europe and Hell in these times, is that in Hell no innocent blood is spilt.”

February 13, 1913—While on a march from New York to Washington, the Suffrage Walking Pilgrims, under the leadership of Rosalie Jones and Ida Croft, are welcomed on the Princeton campus.

“Captain Boldt, Suffragette Army,” Feburary 13, 1913. Princeton Pictorial Review, May 1913.

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