Tag: Princeton University

  • 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, […]

  • This Week in Princeton History for November 9-15

    In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a graduate student gets help from the FBI to track down stolen microscopic slides, the YWCA opens a Hostess House for Navy officers in training, and more. November 9, 1959—A graduate student has gotten […]

  • This Week in Princeton History for June 10-16

    In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a delayed cookie shipment arrives, Commencement moves to a new home, and more. June 12, 1996—Cookies mailed to Princeton-in-Asia intern Laura Burt on November 1, 1995 finally arrive unopened in Wuhan, China. June 13, […]

  • Princeton University and the Spanish American War

    This post is part of a series on education and war related to our current exhibition, “Learning to Fight, Fighting to Learn: Education in Times of War,” on display through June 2018. Please stop by to learn more. When the United States intervened on behalf of Cuba in 1898, the naval ship USS Maine sank in Havana Harbor. […]

  • Tracing Princeton’s Connections to Slavery through Intentional Serendipity

    The Princeton and Slavery Symposium, a presentation of several years of “scholarly investigation of Princeton University’s historical engagement with the institution of slavery,” is scheduled for November 17-18, 2017. As we lead up to that date, we will be blogging about Mudd’s involvement in this larger project. Last November, the University of Houston-Downtown Archives wrote […]

  • “A Haven for Radicalism, Intolerance, and Lesbianism”: The Ongoing Struggle for an LGBTQ+-Inclusive Princeton

    Mudd Library’s University Administrative Fellow for the fall 2016-2017 semester curated an online HistoryPin exhibit to document the history of minority sexualities at Princeton University. In this post, she provides broader context for the materials she chose to highlight. By Ariana Natalie Myers GS For much of its history, Princeton University students who experienced attraction toward […]

  • Howard Edwards Gansworth and the “Indian Problem” at Princeton

    For people of European descent carving out space for themselves in the present borders of the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries, there was a major barrier: people already lived there. The nation did not regard this as an insurmountable hurdle, however. America tried a variety of things as it expanded westward: driving Native […]

  • This Week in Princeton History for February 29-March 6

    In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, Ethel Barrymore is on campus, undergraduates head to Washington to celebrate a presidential inauguration, and more. March 1, 1969—The new Jadwin Gym is dedicated at a Harvard-Yale-Princeton track meet. March 2, 1931—Ethel Barrymore appears […]

  • William Taylor’s “Doggie Wagon”

    Searching for materials in archival collections means, at times, trying to figure out how the people of the past would have labeled their photos, named their articles, or categorized their artifacts. They didn’t always use the same terms we would now. For this Black History Month, we examine William Taylor and how he illustrates the […]

  • Who Founded Princeton University?

    Q. Dear Mr. Mudd, Who founded Princeton University?  A. The founding of Princeton University is nearly as complex as the courses that have been and continue to be taught within its hallowed lecture halls. The College of New Jersey (as Princeton University was known until 1896) was a child of the Great Awakening, an institution born […]