Biography and History

Willis M. Rivinus, a member of the Princeton University Class of 1950 gathered these materials while working as a management consultant raising funds for several Prospect Street eating clubs, and as an interested Princeton University alumnus.

In February 1979 Sally Frank filed a sex discrimination complaint with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights on the grounds that as a woman she was denied membership in the Ivy, Tiger Inn and University Cottage eating clubs. Since that time, the Frank case has acted as a catalyst for discussion by supporters and detractors alike concerning discrimination; the definition of private versus public spaces; the relationship of private organizations within a University setting; and the right of freedom of association. The issues, positions and emotions are complex, as is evident by the fact that the legal battles continue to the present.

Source: From the finding aid for AC009

  • Willis M. Rivinus Papers on the Sally Frank case. 1979-1991 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC009

    The Willis M. Rivinus Papers contain research materials gathered by Rivinus documenting the legal case of Sally Frank v. Ivy Club, University Cottage Club, Tiger Inn and Trustees of Princeton University formally begun in February 1979 and continuing to the present. These papers contain correspondence, draft manuscripts of and notes for an article on the Frank Case, copies of legal briefs and newspaper clippings relating to discrimination in general and the Frank case in particular.