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This Week in Princeton History for June 19-25

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a scientific expedition begins, the institution declines to pay for extra policing, and more.

June 21, 1877—A group of twenty sets off on Princeton’s first scientific expedition to the North American west, during which they will collect paleontological and geological information in Colorado.

Princeton’s first scientific expedition camping in Fairplay, Colorado, 1877. Princeton Scientific Expeditions Collection (AC012), Box 3, Folder 2.

June 22, 1972—Financial Vice President Ricardo A. Mestres writes to Princeton Borough’s mayor, Robert W. Cawley, explaining why Princeton University will not pay for the extra police needed during the Institute for Defense Analysis demonstrations the previous month.

Arrest at Institute for Defense Analysis demonstration, 1972. Princeton Alumni Weekly Photograph Collection (AC126), Box 38.

June 24, 1769—A group of students at the College of New Jersey (Princeton) form the American Whig Society.

June 25, 1917—The Princeton Military Camp, which will train more than 300 males between the ages of 16 and 41 for service in World War I over 8 weeks, begins today.

Princeton Military Camp, 1917. Historical Photograph Collection, Campus Life Series (AC112), Box MP207, Image No. 5451.

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

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