Biography and History

The 250th anniversary of Princeton's founding as the College of New Jersey in 1746, also known by the coined term "Bicennquinquagenary", was celebrated in 1996-1997 with a yearlong series of events that included an elaborate fireworks display on alumni day (repeated every year since), the publication of a coffee table book Princeton: The First 250 Years, the creation of a documentary film Images of a University, the commissioning and performance of an original orchestral work Ringing Changes, the issuance of a commemmorative stamp by the United States Postal Service, the flying of an anniversary banner during a space shuttle mission, and numerous concerts, conferences, and speeches by noted faculty, alumni, and dignitaries.

Source: From the finding aid for AC180

  • Princeton University 250th Anniversary Celebration Collection. 1993-1997 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC180

    The 250th anniversary of Princeton's founding as the College of New Jersey in 1746, also known by the coined term "Bicennquinquagenary", was celebrated in 1996-1997 with a yearlong series of events. The collection consists of the records of the office in charge of organizing all 250th anniversary celebration activities, as well as examples of the many publications, event programs, invitations, posters, audio and visual recordings, and commemorative artifacts created in conjunction with those activities.