The Princeton Prospect Foundation has just published a beautiful new book, The Princeton Eating Clubs, by Clifford W. Zink.
The majestic Eating Clubs lining Prospect Avenue have been the center of Princeton University’s undergraduate social life since the late 19th century, and they continue to provide homes away from home for tens of thousands of alumni returning to campus for events and Reunions. Now, for the first time, the origins, evolution, and architectural grandeur of the Princeton Eating Clubs are described in a captivating manner with delightful archival images and current photographs.
Researched and created by award-winning, Princeton-based author and historic preservation consultant Clifford W. Zink, The Princeton Eating Clubs portrays the eleven extant private Eating Clubs plus five former clubhouses now operated by the University for academic purposes.
The full-color, hardcover book is 12 in. by 10 in. with 192 pages and over 500 illustrations. The book is $75 and available at Labyrinth Books in Princeton. You can also order it on Amazon.com.
The Community Service ICC, a council of all of the Eating Club Community Service Chairs, has created a companion Princeton Eating Club Calendar 2018. Proceeds from sales of the calendar will go towards supporting their community service efforts in the Princeton/Trenton community. You can order the calendar here.
Download a history (.pdf) compiled by the Princeton University Task Force on the clubs that traces the evolution of the clubs from their earliest days to the present, describing the rise and fall in the number of clubs and changes in both the club experience and the membership selection process.