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Washington University Second Century Convocation Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: WUA-01-wua00165

This collection is comprised of materials relating to the centennial of Washington University and its Second Century Convocation.  Included are programs of various events, invitations, addresses, and publications relating to the celebration.  The items in this collection are arranged alphabetically.


  • 1952-1955


Conditions Governing Access


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.)


1.50 linear feet

2 boxes

Biographical or Historical Information

Washington University was founded in 1853.  One hundred years later, the University celebrated its centennial and in 1954, Chancellor Ethan A.H. Shepley and the University privately launched a three-year, $20 million Second Century Campaign, the second-largest capital fund drive conducted by any U.S. university at the time. When the campaign went public with a four-day convocation in February 1955, it was thought that some of the campaign funds should be used for a new library.  These funds led to the construction of John M. Olin Library.  Speakers at the convocation included Chief Justice Earl Warren, Abram Leon Sachar, Robert E. Wilson, and Grayson Kirk.

Method of Acquisition

This material was donated to University Archives.

Processing Information

Compiled by Sarah Pabarcus in November 2005.

  Updated by Ashley Eckhardt in July 2011.

Washington University Second Century Convocation Collection
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Revision Statements

  • 2020 October 19: 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