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Frederic Aldin Hall Personal Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: WUA-03-wua00435

The Frederic Aldin Hall Personal Papers include lectures, speeches, notes, travel accounts, and publications by Hall.


  • Creation: 1897-1970


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0.25 linear feet

1 boxes

Biographical Information

Frederic Aldin Hall (1854–1925) served as chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis from 1913 until 1923.  Hall was born in Brunswick, Maine, the son of a farmer. At the age of 17 he settled on a farm of his own in Illinois but quickly gave up farming to enter college. After a brief stint at the Academy of Olivet College in Michigan, he transferred to Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, where he developed a love for the classics and began a career as a distinguished scholar of Greek.

A gifted educator and noted orator, upon graduation from Drury he accepted the position of principal of Drury Academy, a position he held for 13 years. Following a year of study in Germany, he was elected Goodell Professor of Greek at Drury College and was named dean in 1898.

He joined Washington University in St. Louis in 1901 as Collins Professor of Greek. He helped shape the educational policies of the College and was instrumental in strengthening the Department of Greek. He was appointed dean of the College in 1913, a position he held for just one year before being appointed acting chancellor for Chancellor David Houston, who was on leave, serving as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. He assumed the full chancellorship in 1917 and served until 1923, three years past the retirement age of 65.

During his time as chancellor, Hall strengthened the graduate programs and established a business program. In 1922 he established a new School of Graduate Studies and in 1917 a School of Commerce and Finance. He guided the University through the years of World War I and the phenomenal growth that followed the war. Among his most important recruits was the 1920 hiring of Arthur Holly Compton, a promising young physics professor who would go on to win the Nobel prize and return years later as Washington University's ninth chancellor.

Source of Acquisition

Accession number WUA2016-038, May 24, 2016. Originally owned by Neil Horner, Hall's great-grandson. Horner gave the material to Tim Moore in the summer of 2014. Transferred from Tim Moore, Chair of the Department of Classics

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Schnuriger in July 2016.

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  • 2021 May 14: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the University Archives Collecting Area

Sonya Rooney
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495