Princeton's history reflects the enduring ideals and rich traditions that connect all Princetonians to each other and to the institution. This collection of historical information — Princetoniana — pays homage to the unique and often colorful aspects of Princeton life and history, while honoring the growth and development of the University as it evolves to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future. This website was created through the generous and hard work of numerous Princeton alumni and members of the University community — you are invited to enjoy the site and keep returning for more!
As Frederic Fox, a member of the Class of 1939, observed, "Traditions have to keep growing, and they have to keep fresh. I like to describe tradition as a river, not a wall. A wall is a rigid thing — firm, you can never move it. But a river, although the course stays the same, the water is always new. If it isn't, it's stagnant, and then the tradition becomes a burden."