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Wayman Crow Genealogical Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: WUA-03-wua00172

This collection contains genealogical papers concerning the family and descendents of Wayman Crow.


  • 1836-1992


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.

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1.50 linear feet

3 boxes

Biographical Information

Wayman Crow was born in central Kentucky in 1808. He moved to St. Louis in 1835, investing his holdings in the wholesale trade and later branching into insurance, railroads and real estate. He soon rose to a high position in the business community and even served twice in the state senate.  While working in the senate, Crow wrote a charter for an educational institution, which he introduced on February 9, 1853. This charter was for the formation of the Eliot Seminary.  The name was changed to Washington Institute of St. Louis in 1854, and O’Fallon Institute in 1855, before finally becoming known as Washington University in 1856.


 The papers are arranged alphabetically by name.

Method of Acquisition

This material was donated to University Archives by John Devine in circa 1996. In November 2016 Anne Fahim donated a reproduction of  the booklet "Crow Descendants" printed May 8, 1929 for Mrs. Sophie M. Crow, St. Louis, Missouri (includes names and background of various Crow family members). Accession number WUA2021-049. Two photograph ablums donated by William H. Doughty II, October 2021

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are interfiled within the collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Leela Pandey in November 2005. Updated by Sarah Schnuriger in November 2021

Wayman Crow Genealogical Papers
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 February 15: 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