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Early University History

A photograph of Brookings Hall at the time of the 1904 World's Fair exhibition.

Over the course of its first 150 years, Washington University in St. Louis has made remarkable progress, growing from a college educating local men and women to an internationally known research university with students and faculty from approximately 90 countries.

You can see and read some of Washington University’s history in the documents linked below. Items range from the earliest surviving letter detailing Washington University to our Inaugural Address delivered by the Honorable Wayman Crow and William G. Eliot – and more. Please enjoy.

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Special Collections Management, Special Collections, Preservation, and Digital Strategies
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