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This Week in Princeton History for September 3-9

In this week’s installment of our returning series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a junior’s work on racial justice nets results locally, another junior hitches a ride on the presidential plane, and more.

September 3, 1992—Partly in response to efforts by Yolanda N. Pierce ’94, student representative to the Borough Merchants of Princeton, 84 of 220 local businesses have signed a pledge “to treat all customers fairly and equally regardless of ethnic heritage or racial origins.”

Yolanda N. Pierce ’94. Photo from 1994 Nassau Herald.

September 4, 1899—The Washington Post runs a feature article about William F. Doty (Class of 1896) and his life among the indigenous people of St. Lawrence Island, the northwesternmost territory belonging to the United States. “There were ten months during which I never received any mail and knew nothing of what was going on in the world.”

William F. Doty, Class of 1896, in 1892. Historical Photograph Collection, Alumni Photographs Series (AC058), Box SP18.

September 5, 2004—The Princeton Weekly Bulletin announces that Mudd Library has added an FAQ section to its website, the precursor to this blog.

September 9, 1953—Princeton junior John E. Archibold ’55 hitches a ride on board a plane with sitting U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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