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This Week in Princeton History for February 12-18

By April C. Armstrong *14

In this week’s installment in our recurring series, the Daily Princetonian corrects recent press accounts of mistreatment of suffragettes on campus, a student writes of “perfect peace & harmony” among the undergraduates, and more.

February 13, 1942—The Princeton Congress of Writers, planned to begin today, will not take place. The University is unable to make the needed appropriations due to the outbreak of war.

February 15, 1913—The Daily Princetonian takes issue with press coverage of student reaction to the recent visit of the Suffragette Walking Pilgrims to campus, which has characterized them as violent toward the leader of the Votes for Women March, Mary Boldt.

A woman stands next to a car driven by two other women while a group of men look on
Mary Boldt with fellow activists on the Princeton University campus, February 13 1913. Princeton Pictorial Review, May 1913.

The paper quotes Boldt herself:

The pushing and pulling, which was naturally annoying to a degree, was, I am sure, more a product of the number of students in the crowd than the result of a conscious intention of roughness… There was nothing out of the way in anything they did. I wish to have all reports contrary to this quelled immediately because they are absolutely false.

February 16, 1769—A student writes to his father,

The students live in perfect peace & harmony.  I know of no meanness amongst them from any quarter whatsoever. We live well & in health. … I would not be persuaded to leave the College for the wealth of both the Indies.

February 18, 1859—Locals are hopeful that the town’s new Street Commissioners will take care of the muddy street problem. “They should not allow the mud to accumulate on the pavement so as to make the crossing inconvenient to ladies.”

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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