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This Week in Princeton History for June 27-July 3

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, New Jersey’s governor worries that the colonists won’t support a college, a court rules in favor of an alum, and more.

Little Board Books that Wouldn’t Be Banned:  Lawrence Schimel’s Rainbow Family Stories Illustrated by Elina Braslina

Last summer, two children’s books ran into trouble with authorities in Hungary and Russia because they featured families headed by same-sex parents.  At first, I assumed the books originated in the old Eastern bloc and anticipated a bit of a …

Get a Clue

Always searching for more escape room inspiration, Katie was delighted when her mom sent her a dandy little escape challenge that fit right in the palm of her hand. Though it was small, but packed a mighty punch! Take it away, Katie!

This Week in Princeton History for June 20-26

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, a rainstorm disrupts Class Day, a London newspaper points to Princeton as a positive example to follow, and more.

Dancing for Joy: The Slave Trade Has Been Abolished

In 1829, the Irish-born writer Edward Mangin (1772-1852) had thirteen half-penny chapbooks just 83 mm tall bound up for a present.  Twelve published by Philip Rose in Bristol and one by J. and C.

350 for 50

Announcing the winners of our annual 350 for 50 writing contest!  This year, young writers were challenged to compose a short, 350-word story that included the sentence, “Each box had a story.” Winners from our four age categories enjoyed a $50 shopping spree on Amazon.

This Week in Princeton History for June 13-19

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, a team sets off to compete in the Olympics, a group of women gain access to campus resources, and more.

Two Hearts: Explaining Pregnancy to Soviet Children

We’re happy to introduce the third post by our special guest blogger: Polina Popova. A PhD candidate in History at the University of Illinois Chicago, Polina specializes in modern Russian and Soviet history and Soviet children’s literature.

Meet the 2022 Special Collections Summer Fellow for Firestone Library

Name: Kate Mitchell Education Background: I recently graduated from Rutgers University with my Master’s in Information Science with a concentration in archives and preservation.

Princeton 275: The Charter of the College of New Jersey, 1746 and 1748

This post is part of a series about items currently on exhibition at Mudd Library as part of “Princeton 275.” In this series, we go in-depth about selected items on display to let you know more about the story behind …

Before Animal Videos Went Viral: Fast Friends and False in Andrew Lang’s Animal Story Book (1896)

Any old family vacation house by the sea should have a neglected cache of old books somewhere and I discovered one in the  second story bedroom, where  I picked out The Animal Story Book edited by Andrew Lang because it …


In the picturesque mountain town of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, lies a gorgeous and amazing gem...Somersault, an independently-owned letterpress studio and card shop!

Special Collections PACSCL DEI Internship

This Spring, Special Collections participated as a host institution in a PACSCL (Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries)-sponsored semester-long, pilot DEI internship program to provide an undergraduate student from an underrepresented community/ies