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Lawrence Wien Papers

 Collection — other: All Materials
Identifier: 01-MWalB00330A

Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection ranges from 1958-1988, with the majority from 1978-1988. This collection includes information on the Wien International Scholarship Program (WISP), letters to Wien thanking him for his contributions to WISP, programs for Brandeis celebrations (including commencements, inaugurations, and WISP anniversaries), a large collection of photographs of Wien and others, press clippings related to WISP and Wien’s affiliation with Brandeis, audio and video cassettes from the 25th anniversary of WISP, and personal communications to Wien.


  • 1957-1988


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

Lawrence A. Wien (1905-1988), was the fourth Chairman of the Board of Trustees and creator of the Wien International Scholar Program at Brandeis University. Wien, a lawyer and a realtor, gave several millions of dollars at a time to Brandeis University and other charities, totaling 8.5 million dollars to Brandeis alone. The majority of these contributions went to the Wien International Scholar Program, a fund for 15 foreign students (a number that has grown substantially since) to study at Brandeis University. As a Philanthropist, Wien was responsible for the building of the Faculty Center and Louis Brandeis statue on campus through his generous donations. Wien was a member of the Board of Trustees from Brandeis’s founding until his retirement in 1985. Passing away in 1988, he was able to attend WISP’s 30th anniversary, passing away shortly thereafter.


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The collection is arranged by subject and then chronologically.

Related Materials

Please also see the Wien International Scholar Program (WISP) Collection at Brandeis University.

Other Descriptive Information

Addenda to this collection may not be listed in the finding aid, but may be available for research use. Please contact us for more information.

Benjamin K. Schmidt
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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