The First 100 Days: A living, breathing collection of activism at Princeton University in 2017

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017
by Gwen McNamara, Communications Coordinator

Student rallies. National marches. Teach-ins and town hall meetings. Legal challenges. Post-card campaigns. Benefit concerts. Since the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States in January 2017, Princeton University students, staff, faculty and administrators have stood up, spoken out and engaged on campus, in the community, and across the country. So how do we capture the feeling and sentiment of campus at this time, and preserve and document what’s taking place for future study?
The First 100 Days is a collaboration between the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Women*s Center, Princeton University Library and Princeton Progressive to both highlight the power and impact of campus activism and also capture and record community actions, ideas and responses for future generations of students and researchers. The First 100 Days is a nonpartisan initiative and will include two events in March and April to collect, document and record the many ways the campus community is taking action and culminate in a physical exhibit of activism in May 2017.
The First 100 Days: Collection & Creation Events
Wednesday, March 29, 3-6 p.m.
Women*s Center, Frist 243
Tuesday, April 25, 3-6 p.m.
Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Frist 201A
What have you done in the first 100 days of the new presidential administration? Join us to share how you have engaged, connected and collaborated on campus, off campus, on your own, or with others in 2017. All manner of activism materials are welcome: photos, posters, post-cards, drawings, letters, emails, personal reflections and narratives, etc. Princeton University Library staff will be on hand to facilitate the collection process. All materials collected will help to create an exhibit scheduled for May highlighting this time at Princeton University, after the exhibit many materials will ultimately reside in the University Archives and be accessible to all on campus and in the community for future reading, understanding and research.

  • Don’t want to part with your awesome poster? That’s OK, bring it with you and have it photographed for the collection. Or take a photo yourself and bring the file to share.
  • Don’t have a physical something to contribute, but want to share your story? That’s great too! Staff will be on hand to offer ways to capture your narrative.
  • Planning to go to a rally, march or other event sometime soon? Use this time to create something to share your message!  

Questions? Email us at or contact Gwen McNamara, Pace Center communications coordinator, directly at

Not able to come to an event in person? Here are instructions to submit your content remotely:

Digital Files (photos, emails, word processing documents, spreadsheets, video, audio, etc.)

  • Submit a Transfer Form. Be sure to complete the “Technical Information” section of the form. 
  • Are your files on Google Drive or Dropbox? Simply share the folder (view-only access) with the Mudd Library at
  • Files on your computer, USB drive, or other non-cloud environment? Zip or compress your files and upload them to a Google Drive folder (view only access). Share the folder with the Mudd Library at
  • Want to share emails? Use Google Takeout to export the emails you want to transfer and email them to

Physical Materials (posters, signs, postcards, hard-copy letters, etc.)

  • Submit a Transfer Form. Be sure to complete the “Inventory” section if you have more than one box of materials. 
  • A representative from Mudd Library will connect with you for delivery to Mudd Library.
  • Questions about donations? Contact the Mudd Library at