The timeline below features key moments in Princeton University's history. This timeline is designed as a resource to spotlight a selection of lesser-known experiences at Princeton rather than serve as an exhaustive historical record. Each entry contains a "Continue Reading" link which will guide you to more detailed information about initiatives taken to respond to each respective historical moment. The centuries below enable you to jump to particular moments in time.
The University created the "Firsts at Princeton" (In)Visible Princeton historical walking tour featuring images and texts from the University archives including information about religious diversity on campus.
The University provides guidance for colleagues and students seeking to craft a land acknowledgement text for their unit or group.
As one part of Princeton's public acknowledgement of its institutional ties to the institution of slavery, the University commissioned commemorative artwork by Titus Kaphar and installed a permanent marker in front of Maclean House
The University named a garden after Stockton and installed a permanent marker between Nassau Street and Firestone Library
The University named an archway in East Pyne, a central and prominent campus building, after Johnson and installed permanent marker
The University installed an art installation titled “Double Sights” about Woodrow Wilson’s complicated legacy after a process of consultation with the Princeton community
The University named a courtyard in Farrand’s honor
The University commissioned a portrait of Alan Turing
The University named a major auditorium in Robertson Hall in honor of Lewis and commissioned a portrait
The University features Cheng’s story in an interactive walking tour titled “Stories of Asians & Asian-Americans at Princeton” as part of the (In)Visible Princeton Project
The University commissioned a portrait of Dr. Fields and renamed the Third World Center as The Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding
The University named a roadway leading from Nassau Street to East Pyne “Rivers Way” in honor of Dr Rivers and commissioned a portrait
The University created a new interactive walking tour titled “Women at Princeton” as part of the (In)Visible Princeton Project
Sotomayor received the Woodrow Wilson Award, the University’s highest honor for undergraduate alumni. At the ceremony on Alumni Day 2014 Sotomayor posited adding to Princeton’s informal motto, saying: “Princeton in the nation’s service, in the service of all nations, and in the service of humanity, one person and one act at a time."
The University renamed West College as Morrison Hall in Morrison’s honor and commissioned a portrait
The University commissioned a portrait of Judge Chin