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This Week in Princeton History for November 12-18

In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, the first formal exercises open in Nassau Hall, an alum announces a donation in honor of a former roommate, and more.

November 13, 1762—The first formal exercises to be held there open in the completed Nassau Hall.

William Tennent’s rendering of the campus of the College of New Jersey, which then included Nassau Hall and the president’s house, 1764. Prior to the opening of Nassau Hall, classes were held in the president’s home, first in Elizabeth, and then in Newark, but the president’s home in Princeton (now Maclean House) was built at the same time as Nassau Hall. Nassau Hall Iconography Collection (AC177), Box 2, Folder 5.

November 14, 1930—Argo’s first issue appears. It will be short-lived; the publication will close down after only two issues.

Cover of the first issue of Princeton University’s Argo: An Individual Review, November 1930. Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students Records (AC364), Box 6.

November 15, 1877—The Princetonian praises the new Bric-a-Brac’s “Antiquarian” section: “One does not experience that feeling of nausea and ennui, usually consequent upon an inflection of historical address.”

November 17, 1997—Dennis Keller ’63 announces that the facility toward which he has donated $10 million will be named not in his own honor but that of his childhood friend and college roommate, Peter Friend ’63. (Friend died in a car accident in 1962.)

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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