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Inauguration of Washington University at St. Louis, Missouri, April 23, 1857, Programs

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: WUA-01-wua00015

This collection is comprised of 14 copies of the inaugural program for Washington University. The program includes introductory remarks by Rev. Dr. William Greenleaf Eliot (President of the Corporation), and addresses by J.D. Low (Principal of the Academic Department), John How (Former St. Louis Mayor and President of the O’Fallon Polytechnic Institute), Samuel Treat (Judge of the United States Court District of Missouri), Rev. Dr. Post (Professor of Ancient and Modern History) and Edward Everett.  Two additional copies may be found in the Washington University Archives Reference Collection (LD5797.7 1857).


  • Creation: 1857 April 23


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0.50 linear feet

1 boxes

Historical Information

Washington University in St. Louis was founded by an act of incorporation by means of a legislative charter on February 22, 1853. Devoted to the intellectual and cultural betterment of the St. Louis community, Washington University, first known as Eliot Seminary, was formally opened for classes on April 23, 1857.

Method of Acquisition

This material was donated to the University Archives.

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are interfiled within the collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Jay Kempen in December 2005. Updated by Sarah Schnuriger in January 2017 and February 2018.

Inauguration of Washington University at St. Louis, Missouri, April 23, 1857, Programs
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Revision Statements

  • 2020 November 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