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Washington University Chancellor Reports and Messages Collection

Identifier: WUA-01-wua00089

This collection contains Chancellor’s Messages, Annual Reports, Financial Statements, and Letters from the Chancellor. These materials contain roughly the same information and inform the University community of the school’s financial situation and give updates on campus activities and an overview of what the University is currently doing. The majority of these materials are written by the chancellors although there are some which are written by others within the University administration. The contents of the collection are arranged first by format and then chronologically.


  • Creation: 1874-2012


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.)


1.75 linear feet

Historical Information

Washington University in St. Louis was founded in 1853 with its inauguration in 1857. Washington University is a medium-sized, independent university. Annual reports and Chancellor’s messages are part of the records of the University.


This collection is divided into three series:

Series 01: The Chancellor’s Messages (1957-1969) includes speeches and booklets with specific topics. After 1966, the messages are called the “Quarterly Message” and were presented in a published form.

Series 02: The Chancellor’s Letters (1958-1995) to Faculty, Staff, and/or community. Also includes two undated addresses.

Series 03: Annual Publications including Annual Reports and Financial Summaries (1874-2002). These were published separately from 1962 until 1972. From 1973 until 2002 the two components were published in a single booklet. Two sets of these materials are included in bound editions. For more financial information during the earlier years, see the Treasurer’s Office Records.

Method of Acquisition

This material was transferred to the University Archives.

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are interfiled within collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Pabarcus in May 2006. Revised by Jane Fiegen, July 2009. Updated by Hadley Davis in June 2011. Updated by Sarah Schnuriger in Summer 2016.

Washington University Chancellor Reports and Messages Collection
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 May 12: 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