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Category: Campus Life

  • A Look Into Asian American Writing at Princeton and Its Focus on Interracial Dating: Racial Preferences of Campus Couples in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s (Part 2)

    By Christina Cho ’24 This is a continuation of a two-part series that broadly explores how discussions of “Asian American” identity and interracial dating overlap in student publications found in the University Archives. In Part 1, I examined a magazine called The Seedling and attempted to contextualize its underlying motive and somewhat ambiguous language. Here,…

  • A Look Into Asian American Writing at Princeton and Its Focus on Interracial Dating: The Seedling (Part I)

    By Christina Cho ’24 This is a two-part series that broadly explores how discussions of “Asian American” identity and interracial dating overlap in student publications found in the University Archives. In Part 1, I examine a magazine called The Seedling and attempt to contextualize its underlying motive and somewhat ambiguous language. Finding The Seedling After…

  • Secret Societies at Princeton in the 19th Century

    Secret Societies at Princeton in the 19th Century

    by Iliyah Coles ’22 A couple of decades after The College of New Jersey (which became Princeton University in 1896) was first established, there were only two known social clubs in existence at the school. These were “the well-meaning club” and “the plain-dealing club,” which eventually evolved into the Whig and Cliosophic societies that we…

  • A Brief History of Latinx Students at Princeton, 1880s-1990s

    Although we are always continuously learning and expect to have more to say on this topic in the future, in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month we are presenting this brief history of Latinx students at Princeton University prior to this century. It’s never clear who the “first” person of a given demographic might be,…

  • West Meets East: Japanese Themes in Princeton’s Graphic Arts of the Late 19th Century

    West Meets East: Japanese Themes in Princeton’s Graphic Arts of the Late 19th Century

    If you spend as much time immersed in the University Archives as I do, at times you will see intriguing patterns emerge. I have seen repeated examples of an unusual theme in the graphic arts associated with the College of New Jersey (as Princeton University was named until 1896) in the late 19th century and…

  • 10 Movies Filmed on Princeton University’s Campus

    10 Movies Filmed on Princeton University’s Campus

    By Iliyah Coles ’22 Princeton is known for is its aesthetically-pleasing architecture. To some producers, the campus environment makes it an ideal location for shooting a movie. Here is a list of 10 movies that were filmed on Princeton’s campus. Varsity (1929) One of Paramount’s first dialogue films (a “talkie”), Varsity was directed by Frank…

  • How Bicycles Changed Princeton, 1860s-1910s

    Bicycles are seemingly ubiquitous at and around Princeton University in our time. The ever-present sight of bicycles parked near campus buildings or cyclists making their way across campus or along the D & R Canal raises no eyebrows; their absence, as with the absence of other forms of traffic, was one of the most noteworthy…

  • “Wear ’Em”: Princeton University’s First Gay Jeans Day

    “Wear ’Em”: Princeton University’s First Gay Jeans Day

    The events of October 11, 1989, Princeton’s first “Gay Jeans Day,” reverberated far beyond the confines of a 24-hour period. Both then and much later, the day highlighted attitudes among students and alumni toward the LGBTQIA+ community as they existed in the late 1980s. The Princeton LGBTQIA+ Oral History Project (AC465) further gives us insight…

  • A Brief History of Asian and Asian American Students at Princeton

    A Brief History of Asian and Asian American Students at Princeton

    Although we can expect our understanding to change as new discoveries shape what we know, we currently have enough information to provide this brief overview of the history of Asian and Asian American students at Princeton accessible through our collections. Please look for more as research into Princeton’s past continues. The earliest records of ethnically Asian…

  • Princeton’s East College: Horses, Cannons, and Ghosts

    By Iliyah Coles ’22 East College, built in 1833, was Princeton’s first building solely used to house students. It stood across from West College (now Morrison Hall) and Cannon Green, and the Bulletin Elm once stretched from East College to the Old Chapel. Before its demolition in 1897, East College had been the site of…