Collection OH122 - William H. Danforth Oral History


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William H. Danforth Oral History


  • April 24, 2007 (Creation)


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(Born 1926)

Biographical history

William Henry Danforth II earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, then interned at Barnes Hospital. After serving as a physician in the Navy during the Korean War, he joined the medical faculty of Washington University School of Medicine as a cardiologist in 1957. Danforth served as the chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis from 1971 to 1995, when he retired as one of the longest serving chancellors in the country. Danforth is credited with completing Washington University's transition from a local college to a national research university, and for recruiting talented students from around the world.


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Interviewed by Sondra Schlesinger in 2007. Approximate Length: 1 hour and 40 minutes.

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The collection is open and accessible for research.

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Conditions governing reproduction

Users of the collection should read and abide by the Rights and Permissions guidelines at the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives.

Users of the collection who wish to cite items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication must request, sign, and return a Statement of Use form to the Archives.

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Preferred Citation:

Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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"Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS), 2013."

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© Copyright 2019 Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives. All rights reserved.

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