Princeton University. Special Committee on the Structure of the University.
Special Committee on the Structure of the University Records
1967-1970 (mostly 1968-1969)
5.25 linear feet, 11 archival boxes, 3 half-size archival boxes
The 1960s was a tumultuous decade in the history of the United States. Prominent on a landscape of political assassinations, civil rights,
and the fight for gender equality was the prolonged conflict in Vietnam. Although discontent was growing against the war in Southeast Asia, the
largest and most vocal expression against America's involvement was compellingly articulated on college campuses throughout the nation. Author
Thomas Powers notes that the war in Vietnam was, for America, "one of those things that come along once in a generation and call entire societies
into question, forcing people to choose between irreconcilables." One of those irreconcilables, for the Princeton community of students and faculty,
was their exclusion from university decisions that involved everything from university parietals to Princeton's association with the Institute for
Defense Analysis (IDA). In response to student demonstrations and faculty protests, Princeton President Robert F. Goheen established the Committee
on the Structure of the University to examine Princeton University's governance and explore how it could be more inclusive of the university
community in making decisions. The Kelley Committee, as it came to be known, would be responsible for the introduction of perhaps the most sweeping
administrative changes in the University's history and establishing the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC).