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This Week in Princeton History for August 29-September 4

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, whether Commencement will take place is uncertain, Princeton sets up temporary housing, and more.

August 29, 1878—An article in the San Francisco Chronicle on the state of baseball in America notes that some amateur teams are far better than the professional ones. “In this respect, Princeton College bears off the palm, her College nine being about the best in the list…”

August 30, 1832—As fears mount about the ongoing global cholera pandemic, the New York Spectator warns that Princeton’s Commencement may not take place: “the occurrence of this annual celebration will depend on the health of the country.”

August 31, 1995—Certificates of occupancy are issued for 10 temporary residential units rented from After Disaster. It was necessary to rent these units to accommodate an incoming class with 65-70 more students than anticipated.

Temporary housing units, 1995. Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds and Buildings Series (AC111), Box AD03, Image No. 7872.

September 1, 1945—Three Marines are awarded Purple Hearts at a ceremony on Goldie Field. All Navy V-12 and Marines trainees on campus participate.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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