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Washington University 150th Anniversary Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: WUA-01-wua00161

This collection includes publications, programs for events, videos, and memorabilia from the sesquicentennial celebration at Washington University. Also included in this collection are chapter drafts for “Beginning a Great Work: Washington University in St. Louis, 1853-2003”, a Washington University History Book by Candace O’Connor. The material is arranged alphabetically by subject. Ephemeral and oversized items are listed at the end.


  • 2003-2004


Conditions Governing Access

Founders Week Sesquicentennial Meeting binders restricted until 2026 unless granted permission. Please contact University Archivist for more details.

Conditions Governing Use

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)


7.50 linear feet

13 boxes (1 drawer)

Historical Information

On February 22, 1853, Missouri Governor Sterling Price signed into law the Charter incorporating Eliot Seminary, later Washington University. The university celebrated its 150th anniversary during the 2003 – 2004 school year with a large birthday party, exhibits at various schools, and other special events.

Method of Acquisition

This material was donated to University Archives.

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are interfiled within collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Pabarcus in May 2006; updated by Miranda Rectenwald April 2007; updated by Hadley Davis October 2010. Updated by Sarah Schnuriger in August 2016.

Washington University 150th Anniversary Collection
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 May 20: 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