The project will consider the University's entire history, with special attention to the factors leading up to the 1967 merger that formed the current institution, and will examine the changes within the University since then in the context of the cultural, social, economic, demographic, and political trends of the period. In addition, the project will look at the institution's impact on its community, on all of higher education, and on the larger society. An important outcome of the project should be a more accurate understanding of the University's unique heritage and a more widely shared awareness of its remarkable prospects for the future.
The predecessor history of the institution, Case Western Reserve: A History of the University, 1826-1976, was authored by the late C. H. Cramer, historian, economist, and long-time member of the faculty of the Department of History. It was published in 1976 by Little, Brown.