The Ivy Club

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Coordinates: 40°20′54″N 74°38′32″W / 40.348300°N 74.642200°W / 40.348300; -74.642200

The current clubhouse as viewed from Prospect Avenue in a 1909 photographic postcard

The Ivy Club is the oldest eating club at Princeton University.[1] It was founded in 1879 with Arthur Hawley Scribner as its first head.[2] The members of each class are selected through the bicker process, a series of ten screening interviews, which are followed by discussions amongst the members as to whom of the remaining to admit.

The Club, as described by F. Scott Fitzgerald in This Side of Paradise (1920), was at that time considered "detached and breathlessly aristocratic."[3] Current undergraduate members host regularly "Roundtable Dinners" featuring talks by faculty and alumni. The club was one of the last to admit women, resisting the change until Spring 1991 after a lawsuit had been brought against Ivy Club, Tiger Inn, and Cottage Club by student Sally Frank.[4]

Ivy's third and current clubhouse was designed in 1897 by the firm of Cope & Stewardson. In 2009, the club completed its most significant renovation to date. The expansion added a second wing to the facility, changing the club's original L-shaped layout to a U.[5] Designed by Demetri Porphyrios, the new wing includes a two-story Great Hall and a crypt to provide additional study space.


See also

Notable alumni

The following is a list of some notable members of the Ivy Club:[6][7]


  1. ^ Yazigi, Monique (May 16, 1999). "At Ivy Club, A Trip Back to Elitism". New York Times. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "A. H. Scribner Dead. Headed Book Firm. Son of Founder of Noted Publishing House Is Victim of Heart Attack in His Sleep. Was Active for Princeton. Permanent President of His Class of '81 and an Organizer and First Head of the Ivy Club.". New York Times. July 4, 1932. Retrieved 2008-07-24. "Arthur Hawley Scribner, president of the publishing house of Charles Scribner's Sons, died of a heart attack In his sleep early ..."
  3. ^ Fitzgerald, Francis Scott (1920). This Side of Paradise. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. p. 49.
  4. ^ Eating Clubs Records, 1879–2005: Finding Aid
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  6. ^ Constitution and Rules, Officers and Members of The Ivy Club. Princeton, NJ: The Ivy Club. 2001. pp. 48–106.
  7. ^ Rich, Frederic C. (1979). The First Hundred Years of The Ivy Club. Princeton, NJ: The Ivy Club. pp. 248–261. ISBN 0-934756-00-7.

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