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This Week in Princeton History for August 1-7

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a movie featuring the campus premieres, the library implements a new security policy, and more.

August 1, 1944—Wilson, a biopic film about Woodrow Wilson of the Class of 1879 partially set and filmed on campus, premieres at Roxy Theatre in New York.

Ticket to the premiere of Wilson, August 1, 1944. Woodrow Wilson Collection (MC168), Box 45, Folder 6.

August 2, 1979—After months of controversy, Playboy’s feature on Ivy League women is released with photographs of three students from Princeton University.

Photo from the Daily Princetonian, February 14, 1979.

August 5, 1937—Princeton’s Local Express quotes Dr. William H. Vail, Class of 1865, on medical specialization: it “is a ridiculous trend to boosting the patient’s bill to the sky.” For longevity, Vail recommends the “four brown theory” diet—whole wheat bread, baked beans, brown eggs, and brown sugar—alongside regular exercise.

August 7, 1982—Beginning today, visitors must present Princeton University identification cards in order to enter Firestone Library.

Entrance to Firestone Library, undated. Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds and Buildings Series (AC111), Box MP059, Image No. 2226.

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

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