Contents and Arrangement

Wendy Zaharko '74, 2009

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Zaharko discusses attending Mt. Pleasant High School in Delaware; her high school activist community; meeting Jay Webster, Class of 1961 and receiving an application for Princeton in the mail marked "fill this out and send it in"; her friendship with Jay Webster; highschool and Princeton classmate and roommate Sally Fields; Sally Fields finishing school in 3 years; living in Pyne Hall, which was initially all for women; the toilet's having springs on them so they were always up for boys, and taking pliers to cut the springs; Cathy Corcione living near her, an Olympic swimmer; talking to Assistant Director of Admissions Laurence Sanford who told her she was accepted to Princeton to please male alums, because she was an athlete; the large amount of females that were also athletes at Princeton; the beginnings of the women's squash team; having to share squash courts with the men; traveling to squash games in a "Princeton University" limousine; the squash uniforms; expecting to meet a Princeton man and get married; not liking the huge amount of men compared to women; the rigor of the pre-med classes; being called "Mr." on accident by one professor; the Honor Code stating "on my honor as a gentleman"; girls coming in from other schools on the weekends; the dating scene; eating clubs being closed to women for the first two years; bickering Cap and Gown, but dropping Cap for Charter; involved in the anti-war movement called the Movement for a New Congress; charging alcohol to student account at Chancellor Green; drugs on campus including LSD; Boone's Farm Apple Wine; African-American and Asian presence on campus; classmate Michelle Obama; homosexuality on campus; Abby Rubenfeld, head of the class, and a lesbian; the differences between how men and women carried books; starting the gym shorts trend among women;


Transcripts are arranged alphabetically by interviewee's last name.

Collection History


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Processing Information

This finding aid was updated by Lynn Durgin in April 2016.

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Credit this material:

Wendy Zaharko '74; Princetoniana Committee Oral History Project Records, AC259, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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