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Splashy Spelling

Get kids C-L-E-A-N with this simple alphabet activity for your bathtub! Rubber ducky not included, but you shoud T-O-T-A-L-L-Y get one.

This Week in Princeton History for June 14-20

In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, the Mills Tariff Bill is debated, the Prince offers a guide to “scarce” women’s restrooms, and more.

Help us identify Roc

The Graphic Arts Collection holds a small selection of pen and ink drawings for early 20th-century American newspaper comic strips. Most have been identified but this signature has not been connected to a known cartoonist. Can you help?

Rethinking hurtful iconography of indigenous people in American advertising

Our ephemera and advertising collection holds a number of boxes separated by particular iconography. Here are a few examples of American advertisements using Native American figures to sell various products. Hopefully all have been discontinued.

Everett Raymond Currier

One issue of a small printing magazine turned up recently from the Currier Press in New York City. Pica: a Magazine Devoted to the Amenities of the Graphic Arts (1922-1923) was the work of Canadian-born printer/publisher Everett Raymond Currier (1877-1954).

Revenge upon Cupid

Edward L. Wilson, printed by H.C. Bridle, The Wash-House, Plaque by Marc-Louis Emanuel Solon, ca. 1876. Albumen silver print, in Wilson’s Photographic Magazine (November 1879). Graphic Arts Collection (GAX) 2007-0005M. Gift of David H. McAlpin, class of 1920.

“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.

Reposting a very curious collection of upwards of 370 specimens of paper with various Watermarks

  In honor of the 35th Biennial Congress of the International Association of Paper Historians (IPH) co-hosted by the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Archives and Records Administration, currently in process online, here is a reposting of

From Folklore to Fantasy

Recently, I was delighted to co-host a live Zoom webinar with talented authors Sanyantani DasGupta (the Kiranmala series) and Roshani Chokshi (the Aru Shah series). My co-host was Vineet Chander from Princeton University's Office of Religious Life, Hindu Life Program.

Voyages d’un naturaliste et ses observations

In 1799, Michel Etienne Descourtilz, a French naturalist and surgeon, arrived at Saint Domingue on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola and remained there nearly four years, during which time the indigenous people revolted.

This Week in Princeton History for June 7-13

In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, members of the Class of 1875 refuse masters degrees, a member of the “Old Guard” complains about the presence …

Links to our webinar recordings

Looking back at the past sixteen months of virtual sharing, here is a recap of the webinars presented to highlight special collections at Princeton University Library, hosted by Julie Mellby.

Les Ascensionnistes

    Les Ascensionnistes. Nouveau jeu de Société très Attrayant, [The Mountaineers: An Attractive New Board Game]. (Paris: MD [Mauclair & Dacier]; Printed at Roches Frères, ca. 1885).

Women’s Army Corps (WAC) Album

With war looming, U.S. Rep. Edith Nourse Rogers of Massachusetts introduced a bill for the creation of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in May 1941.