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O’Fallon Polytechnic Institute Collection


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O’Fallon Polytechnic Institute Collection, 1858-1886 | WUA University Archives

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Title: O’Fallon Polytechnic Institute Collection, 1858-1886Add to your cart.

ID: WUA/01/wua00139

Primary Creator: O'Fallon Polytechnic Institute

Extent: 8.0 Items

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection includes correspondence and historical information regarding the O’Fallon Polytechnic Institute, along with reports from the Institute.

The publications listed below were removed from this collection and may be found in the University Archives reference collection:

O’Fallon Polytechnic Institute: Its Objects and Present Condition, 1858

A Forgotten Obligation: The Story of the Henry Ames Bequest to Vocational Education, and How It Has Been Misapplied By Thomas E. Spencer, St. Louis, 1926.

Collection Historical Note

The O’Fallon Polytechnic Institute was founded in 1855 by John Howe (1812-85) as part of a collaborative endeavor with Washington Institute (an earlier name for Washington University) to form a comprehensive school to teach mechanical, agricultural, and other industrial subjects.  Named for Col. John O’Fallon, a Washington University Trustee, the O’Fallon Polytechnic Institute was comprised of meager library and reading room.  In 1867, the O’Fallon Polytechnic Institute moved into a mammoth edifice that offered an improved library, a 1,200 seat auditorium, and expanded classroom facilities.  Despite the new building’s initial success, a number of unfortunate circumstances caused the Polytechnic Institute to be sold, and its demise eventually evolved into the beginnings of a small, but successful, engineering program at Washington University.

Administrative Information

Repository: WUA University Archives

Accruals: There are no accruals.

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

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 spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (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.)

Acquisition Method: This material was donated to University Archives.

Preferred Citation: [Item description]. From the [collection title, series, box, folder]. University Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Processing Information: Processed by Leela Pandey in December 2005; updated by Hadley Holm Davis in October, 2010.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Hannah Barg in August 2012.

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Folder 1: A Plan for the Future Development of the Polytechnic School, April 1886Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence of C.M. Woodward to a student W.N. BryanAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: “Its Objects and Present Condition,” 1858Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Polytechnic Alumni Association of W.U. Constitution, By-Laws, & List of Members, 1884Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Polytechnic Institute, Industrial Department of Washington University, Saint Louis Annual Circular: 1867Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Semi – Annual Report, 1879Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Undergraduate Department, Courses of Study. Report of the Deans of the College and Polytechnic School Concerning the Work of the Undergraduate Department of Washington University, 1885Add to your cart.

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