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University History

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 04-MWalB00031A

Scope and Contents

Materials in this collection include correspondence, reports, speeches, programs, invitations, certificates, press releases, photographs, press clippings and posters created from 1937 through 2007. Subjects include the official inauguration of Brandeis University and the installation of Brandeis' first president, Abram Sachar, in 1948; the inauguration of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1953; and the celebration of the University's fortieth anniversary, along with some material from other anniversary celebrations. In addition there are general histories and descriptions of the university dealing primarily with the early days of the university, and press clippings of news articles concerning Brandeis throughout its history. Also included are materials documenting controversial events in the University's history. This collection is made up of files that came from a variety of sources.


  • 1937-2011, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Please contact the department for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

Biographical or Historical Information

Brandeis University was founded as the first non-sectarian, Jewish-sponsored university in the United States. The original Board of Trustees of Brandeis took over the charter and campus of the closing Middlesex University in 1947 and held its first classes in the Fall of 1948. The University graduated its first undergraduate class in 1952, and in 1953 the University opened its Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.


4.25 Linear Feet

1.00 Linear Feet

3.25 Linear Feet

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Arranged in four series: 1. General History, 1937-2011, undated; 2. Inaugurations, 1948-1954, undated; 3. Anniversaries, 1967-20007; 4. Newspaper Clippings, 1946-2008. Series 1 is organized under subseries then chronologically. Series 2 is organized under subseries, then alphabetically. Series 3 is organized under subseries. Series 4 is organized chronologically. For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing. 8 manuscript boxes, 1 flat box.

Eliot Wilczek
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

About Us

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections