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This Week in Princeton History for May 27-June 2

By April C. Armstrong *14

In this week’s installment in our recurring series, alumni register disapproval of campus construction, administrators keep a secret, and more.

May 27, 1897—The alumni of the Princeton Club of St. Louis, disturbed by news that old buildings have been torn down to make room for new ones on campus, sends a message. After referring to the demolition of Old Chapel and East College as causing “profound regret,” they warn, “the preservation of the old buildings and landmarks of Princeton University tend to keep alive the tender memories of the Alumni and thereby stimulate their interest in and affection for their Alma Mater,” and thus, they request that no other buildings be demolished.

May 28, 1956—Administrators learn that beloved head football coach Charlie Caldwell is terminally ill. Respecting the wishes of his wife, Lucy Caldwell, they keep the information to themselves.

Charlie Caldwell
Charlie Caldwell. Photo by Alan Richards. Historical Photograph Collection, Campus Life Series (AC112), Box MP131, No. 3099.

May 29, 1935—A senior decries the Supreme Court’s ruling in Schechter Poultry v. United States.

A government in this day which permits sweatshops, child labor and unemployment will not long survive. … There have been victories like that before—victories which cost too much, victories which ultimately caused heads to roll in the dust.

June 1, 1969—Seventeen magazine reports on a wave of men’s colleges beginning to admit women, including Princeton University. “The way the headlines have been exploding, you’d think those men’s colleges had never heard of girls before.”

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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