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Tag: World War I

  • This Week in Princeton History for June 19-25

    In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a scientific expedition begins, the institution declines to pay for extra policing, and more. June 21, 1877—A group of twenty sets off on Princeton’s first scientific expedition to the North American west, during which…

  • This Week in Princeton History for March 13-19

    In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, uniforms become mandatory, the Shah of Iran honors two graduates, and more. March 13, 1971—150 students from the Third World Coalition occupy Firestone Library for nearly three hours after closing to protest Princeton’s plan to…

  • This Week in Princeton History for February 20-26

    In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a Supreme Court justice visit ignites protest, the women’s squash team completes eight undefeated seasons, and more. February 21, 1920—Princeton University holds a special graduation ceremony for students who missed their own but have…

  • Majority of James M. Beck Papers Now Available Online

    We are pleased to announce the completion of another digitization project. The bulk of the papers of James M. Beck (1861-1936), who enjoyed a long career as a lawyer, author, public speaker, Solicitor General, and U.S. Congressman, are now available online through the finding aid for collection MC007. Beck served as Solicitor General from 1921-1925…

  • Princeton University During World War I

    By Spencer Shen ’16 On the afternoon of September 24, 1914, President John G. Hibben gave an address to incoming freshman in Marquand Chapel, acknowledging that “the opening of this new academic year…presents to our minds a striking contrast: the peaceful setting of this assembly against the dark background of the terrible European war.” With…

  • This Week in Princeton History for December 21-27

    In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a veteran-athlete is killed, Abraham Lincoln writes a thank you note, and more. December 21, 1918—With orders home in his pocket, celebrated athlete Hobey Baker  ’14 crashes in France while testing a repaired plane,…

  • The Birth of the Civil Liberties Bureau and The National Civil Liberties Bureau,1917-1919

    by: Professor Samuel Walker School of Criminal Justice University of Nebraska at Omaha This is the first part in a series that was introduced earlier. The fight for civil liberties during World War I originated with the Civil Liberties Bureau (CLB), formed as a committee of the American Union Against Militarism (AUAM) immediately after the United…

  • Bronze Memorial Stars

    Dear Mr. Mudd: What is the origin of the stars on Princeton University buildings? Is there any database listing the location of each star? The bronze stars on window sills of Princeton University dormitories commemorate the University’s students and alumni who died in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and in the…

  • Princeton economics processing project completed

    More than 1,100 feet of records providing insights into 20th-century economics history available   Princeton University’s Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library has completed a two-year project to process all of its economics-related public policy collections to modern standards. These collections provide a rich resource about American economic thought and policies in the 20th century and…