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Washington University School and Department History Files

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: WUA-01-wua00031

The collection includes information on the history of schools, departments, and colleges that are associated with Washington University. Due to the de-centralized nature of the University, it does not include all histories that may exist.

Files vary from complete published books to research notes on specific aspects of a department or school’s history.

Files are arranged in alphabetical order by name, irrespective of the larger college or organization they may belong to.


  • Creation: 1853-2017


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.)


0.75 linear feet

2 boxes

Historical Information

The most current history of the entire University is Beginning a Great Work: Washington University in St. Louis, 1853-2003  by Candace O'Connor, (St. Louis: c2003) available through the Washington University Libraries. Other relevant histories of the University and various schools and departments can be located by searching the library catalog for the LC subject heading: Washington University (Saint Louis, Missouri) – History.

Method of Acquisition

This material was donated to the University Archives.

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are interfiled with the collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Miranda Rectenwald, September 2008; updated by Hadley Davis, July 2011; updated by Miranda Rectenwald in November 2011; updated by Miranda Rectenwald in August 2015; updated by Sarah Schnuriger in December 2017

Washington University School and Department History Files
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Revision Statements

  • 2020 December 8: 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