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GC History Page

The Graduate College History Pages offer a look at the origins of the GC, its unique architecture, and the personalities that shaped its traditions. In conjunction with the history pages, you might also enjoy a visit to the GC Picture Album.

Topics addressed in the History Section of the Graduate College Web Site are:

    A brief History of the Graduate College in general;

    The History of "High Table" at Princeton;

    A profile of Beatrix Farrand, the GC's Landscape Architect.

    The Great West Window in Procter Hall, a 1918 brochure by William and Annie Lee Willet, the designers of the window;

    An outline of the Holy Grail Window, its elements, quotes and composition;

    A 1923 report from the Princeton Alumni Weekly on the dedication of the Memorial Window in the vestibule to Procter Hall;


Several pages in the History section focus on the Carillon in Cleveland Tower, an assembly of 67 cast bronze bells that can be played on a keyboard. The Princeton Carillon is one of the largest in the country.

    Introduction to the Class of 1892 Bells / Princeton University Carillon in general;

    A brief biography of University Carilloneur Robin Austin;

    A brief biography of Arthur Bigelow, the first University Bellmaster;

    A feature article on learning to play the Carillon at Princeton.

    Some photos of the Carillon bells.

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