50 Years On: The Archives of Princeton Ultimate

“Stat rosa pristina nomine, nomina nuda tenemus

– Umberto Eco, “The Name of the Rose”

Archives and libraries are essential components of the University’s research mission. If we are to stand on the shoulders of giants, we first need to know that there *were* giants, and to have an accurate history of them from which to build from.

Princeton Ultimate is the youngest team sport at the University even as it nears 50 years of continuous competition. That history – experience which frequently transcend sports – is still present in the memories of those who played, but it is high time that it was recorded.

When I started practice on Poe Field as a remarkably innocent freshman, essentially everyone who had ever played ultimate….was still playing ultimate. Today, almost everyone who has ever played ultimate is still alive; the exceptions lost from accident or illness are few enough that their teammates grieve for them as individuals. One important purpose of this archive is to have a place to remember


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