Name and location of repository
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Washington University Records
34.00 Linear Feet
Name of creator
In 1853, prominent St. Louis merchant Wayman Crow along with his pastor and local leader, William Greenleaf Eliot Jr., founded Washington University in St. Louis. The university flourished at its original location in downtown St. Louis for 50 years. It grew from an evening program to an institution offering a full slate of scientific, liberal arts, and classical course offerings. The university added schools of law and fine arts, and in 1891, the school acquired the St. Louis Medical College to form its own medical school as well.
In 1905, board president Robert S. Brookings moved the university to the Hilltop Campus (now called Danforth Campus) on the western edge of the city. Ten years later, Brookings relocated the medical school to western edge of the city as well on the east end of Forest Park, and he personally financed over $500,000 for the construction of the new medical campus.
The university flourished in the 20th century, particularly under the leadership of William H. Danforth who served as the university’s 13th chancellor from 1971-1995. Danforth stabilized the university's finances, built stronger ties with the St. Louis community, and led to the university's recognition as a national and international leader in higher education
Scope and content
This collection includes an assortment of campus publications from the Danforth Campus of Washington University. No attempt has been made to collect all of the Danforth Campus publications because this effort would duplicate those of the Washington Univesity Archives. However, the selected publications, many of which provide relevant information pertaining to the School of Medicine, have been kept at the Becker Archives for the convenience of researchers.
System of arrangement
A few publications are filed in the Archival Serials section of the Archives for easy access to patrons including: General Alumni Catalog of Washington University; Washington University Alumni Directory; Washington University Magazine; Washington University Magazine and Alumni News.
Conditions governing access
The collection is open and accessible for research.
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.
For detailed information regarding use of this collection, contact the Archives and Rare Book Department of the Becker Library (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.
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Related archival materials
- Brookings, Robert S., Vertical File
- Danforth, William H., Vertical File
- Facts, 1985-88.
- William H. Danforth Oral History
- WU, 1990-1999 - Press Series, Vertical File
- WU, 1853-1904, Vertical File
- WU, 1905-1979, Vertical File
- WU, 1980-89, Vertical File
- WU, 1990-1999, Vertical File
- WU, 2000-2009, Vertical File
- WU, general histories, Vertical File
- Facts, 2002, 2008.
Rules or conventions
"Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS), 2013."
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