Collection VF00932 - Brookings, Robert S., Vertical File


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Brookings, Robert S., Vertical File



0.02 Linear Feet

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Robert S. Brookings was president of the Washington University in St. Louis Board of Trustees from 1895 to 1928. As head of the governing board he gave much of his time, fortune, and later his personal estate to revitalize the university and its medical school.

In 1916, Brookings worked with other government reformers to create the first private organization devoted to the fact-based study of public policy. The new Institute for Government Research became the chief advocate for effective and efficient public service and sought to bring "science" to the study of government.

Brookings was called by President Woodrow Wilson to run the Pricing Board during World War I. It was during this service that Brookings realized the need for developing leaders in government who were schooled in the art of handling problems. He then created two sister organizations, the Institute of Economics (1922) and the Robert S. Brookings Graduate School (1923), which was part of Washington University.

In 1927, all three organizations combined to create the establishment that bears his name: The Brookings Institution.

Brookings's deep commitment to public service and education is reflected in the partnership between these two institutions for which he was a common benefactor. Brookings Executive Education is committed to delivering on his promise to “teach the art of handling problems rather than simply impart accumulated knowledge.”


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The Vertical File Collection is open and accessible for research.

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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 (

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

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  • English

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  • 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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