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This Week in Princeton History for November 6-12

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a professor helps determine election results in 30 states, a donor’s generous gift allows for the building of a new dorm, and more.

November 7, 1972—Politics professor Edward R. Tufte is one of NBC’s 10 election specialists, helping to give up-to-the-minute updates in presidential, senatorial, and gubernatorial contests in 30 different states. The use of computers now allows the election specialists to predict the results of an election before the final tallies are available.

November 8, 1888—Princeton president Francis Patton reports to the Board of Trustees that he has received a gift of $50,000 from Susan D. Brown for the building of a new dorm.

Brown Hall, ca. 1900. Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds and Buildings Series (AC111), Box MP07, Image No. 0147.

November 10, 1963—In a talk in McCosh Hall, Jay Lockard of the Princeton Friends of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee announces that a survey has found that the town’s barber shops are no longer engaging in racial discrimination. Nonetheless, reports of discrimination in local barber shops will continue to appear in the pages of Town Topics. (More background on the barber shop issue.)

Discrimination in barber shops continued to crop up in Princeton, as this clip from the August 6, 1964 issue of the local Town Topics newspaper indicates. The entire letter is available on our Papers of Princeton site.

November 11, 1999—Students and others express dismay that doctrinal conflicts with the Southern Baptist Convention have prompted the forced resignation of Princeton University’s Baptist chaplain, Michael Arges. Despite student demands for a specific reason why, the New York Baptist Convention responsible for the forced resignation will offer none other than conflicts regarding his style of ministry.

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

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