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This Week in Princeton History for April 17-23

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, enrollment numbers are released, a change in admissions policy makes the news, and more.

April 17, 1863—The Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the College of New Jersey is available for purchase at the office of the Princeton Standard. Current enrollment is listed as 223. (Enrollment peaked at 314 in 1861 before the departure of most Southern students.)

Statistical data showing 223 students, 96 of whom are from New Jersey, 55 from Pennsylvania, 33 from New York, and the rest from other locations. A total of 4 are from Southern states.
The statistical data published in the Catalogue during the 1862-1863 academic year clearly demonstrates the absence of Southern students.

April 21, 1969—Peter Jennings reports for ABC News, “Princeton and Yale to accept girls next year” and claims the Ivy “League admits more radicals and Blacks than ever before.”

Tonna Gilbert '73
Tonna Gilbert ’73, ca. 1969. Photo from 1970 Bric-a-Brac.

April 22, 1901—The Trenton Evening Times reports that John Philip Sousa, Jr., Class of 1904, has recently been forced by members of the Class of 1903 to lead a make-believe band down Nassau Street using a toothpick as a baton.

April 23, 1836—Senator Samuel L. Southard (Class of 1804) speaks in support of a petition to the Senate for a grant for his alma mater on the basis of losses sustained in the American Revolution.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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