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This Week in Princeton History for June 27-July 3

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, Ulysses S Grant visits the campus, women take classes for the first time, and more.

June 27, 1871—Sitting U.S. President Ulysses S Grant visits the College of New Jersey (Princeton) for the first time.

Sketch of Ulysses S Grant by Emery Kelen, undated. Derso and Kelen Collection (MC205), Box 52, Folder 39.

June 29, 1942—For the first time ever, a class at Princeton University has female students present.

Flyer advertising Princeton University’s Photogrammetry course, 1942. Historical Subject Files Collection (AC109), Box 421, Folder 3.

July 1, 2001—The Department of Romance Languages splits into two, the Department of French and Italian and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

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Graphic from the Daily Princetonian.

July 3, 1836—The “Princeton Blues” return the “big cannon” to Princeton from New Brunswick, an event that will become the origins of the Princeton-Rutgers “cannon wars.”

Christie Whiteman postcard depicting Princeton University’s “big cannon,” 1910. Historical Postcard Collection (AC045), Box 4.

For last week’s installment in this series, click here.

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