Authored by Institute Staff
Case Western Reserve University Office of Student Affairs, 2004. The Little Blue Book, 2004-2005 (published for incoming first-year students). Introductory page and information on the University's history and traditions, pp. 7-44.
In process at this time: Updated history of Case Western Reserve University from its beginnings in the 19th century through the modern era. Click here to review the information.
Information about the History of Case Western Reserve University
“Stories of the University,” www.case.edu/artsci/isus/storieshome.htm
Printable schematic of the University's
University Archives web site: www.case.edu/its/archives/aboutuniv.htm
“Selected Philanthropic Families of Case
Western Reserve University,” developed by Kelvin Smith Library in cooperation
with Gladys Haddad of the Western Reserve Studies Program, library.case.edu/ksl/ecoll/exhibits/chp/
Encyclopedia of Cleveland
History, edited and maintained on-line in fully searchable form by
John Grabowski of the Department of History, ech.cwru.edu/
Stuart Kollar, “The Once and Future University,”
CWRU Magazine, August 1997, www.cwru.edu/pubs/cwrumag/fall1998/departments/mail/past_stories/time.html
“The Story of Case Western Reserve
University,” 26-minute video produced in 2007. Streamed at tv.case.edu/actions/tv2/tv?play=true&id=7723&filter=stories,%20working%20at%20case.
Western Reserve Historical Society Library, a valuable resource
for information about almost anything about this region, www.wrhs.org/library/default.asp
Thomas L. Vince, History of Western
175 Years of Distinction. (Hudson: Western Reserve Academy, 2001). Located at www.wra.net/visitors/history.html. Note that WRA, a private secondary school, operated
as part of
Western Reserve College for the first several decades of its
existence, and continues to occupy the original campus in Hudson.
Print Resources (from
the annotated bibliography being developed along with the history text)
F. Campbell, SASS: Fifty Years of Social
Work Education (The Press of Case Western Reserve University, 1967). Campbell, now deceased, was Professor of Urban
Affairs at Cleveland State University
and a graduate of the Ph.D. program in history at Case Western Reserve
Institute of Technology-Western
Study Commission, Vision of a University
(The Press of Case Western Reserve University, 1967). The final report of the
commission formed by the two institution to study the potential for federation.
Cramer, Case Institute of Technology, A
Centennial History, 1880-1980 (Cleveland: Case Western Reserve University,
1980). Cramer was a long-time member of the University’s Department of History,
and for many years as Dean of Adelbert College. This history was commissioned
on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Case School of Applied
Cramer, Case Western
Reserve: A History of the University, 1826-1976. (Boston:
Little, Brown and Company, 1976.) This is the most recent history of the
institution, issued on the 150th anniversary of the founding of Western Reserve College
in Hudson. It's
well written and very useful, though it is primarily a history of the
Cramer, The Law
School at Case Western Reserve
(Cleveland: Case Western Reserve University, 1977). Excellent narrative
Cramer, The School
of Library Science at Case Western
(Cleveland: Case Western Reserve University, 1979). The SLS was a truly innovative
program, and is well described in this well-written narrative.
Cramer, The Story of Dentistry and the School in University Circle. (Cleveland: Case
Western Reserve University, 1982). Cramer's last installment on the
University's history, it is perhaps the most challenging because of the
school's unusual history.
Carroll Cutler, D.D., History of Western Reserve College, 1826-1876. (Cleveland:
Crocker’s Publishing House, 1876.) Cutler was president of Western Reserve College
(and of Western Reserve
University, as it was
known after 1884) from 1871 to 1886. He clashed with the institution’s
Board of Trustees on two principal issues: the proposal to relocate the College
from Hudson to Cleveland, which he opposed, and the value of
coeducation, which he supported.
O. Faddis, The History of the Frances Payne Bolton
School of Nursing
(Cleveland: Alumnae Association of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing,
1948). Faddis was Professor of Medical Nursing at the Bolton School of Nursing.
Harrison, “Case Western Reserve University: From Liberal Arts and Applied
Science to a National Research University,” in John William Oliver, Jr., James
A. Hodges, and James H. O’Donnell, eds., Cradles
of Conscience: Ohio’s Independent Colleges and Universities. (Kent & London:
The Kent State University
Press, 2003). Includes relatively short histories of each of the independent
colleges and universities in Ohio.
Harrison is former University Archivist.
Collins Haydn, Western
Reserve University from Hudson
1878-1890: An Historical Sketch (Western Reserve University, 1905). Haydn
was President of WRU from 1887-90, and served for many additional years as a
member of the Board of Trustees. He earlier served as pastor of The Old Stone
premier Presbyterian congregation of the era, where one of his parishioners was
Flora Stone Mather.
B. Hendrickson, The Arkites and Other
Pioneer Natural History Organizations of Cleveland
(Cleveland: Press of Western Reserve University, 1962). The Arkites, led by
Leonard Case, Jr., and his brother William, constituted Cleveland’s principal
cohort of scientifically knowledgeable leaders between the 1830s and the 1880s.
Robert H. Kargon
and Scott G. Knowles, “Knowledge for Use: Science, Higher Learning, and America’s New
Industrial Heartland, 1880-1915,” in Annals
of Science, 59 (2002). Taylor & Francis. Compares the founding and
early history of three technical institutions: Case School of Applied Science,
Armour Institute of Technology (now Illinois Institute of Technology), and
Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon
Helen H. Kitzmiller, One Hundred Years of Western Reserve
(The James W. Ellsworth Foundation, Hudson, Ohio, 1926). According to its subtitle,
this history was “published as a part of the observance of the centennial of
the founding of Western Reserve Academy and College, April 26, 1826, at Hudson, Ohio.”
Frederick Clayton Waite, History of the School
of Dentistry of Western Reserve University.
(Cleveland: Western Reserve University, 1940). Waite was Professor and Chair of
Histology and Embryology at Western
from 1901 until 1940.
Clayton Waite, Western
Reserve University Centennial History of The School of Medicine (Western Reserve University
Press, Cleveland, 1946). Waite looks at the heritage of the medical school just
as it was about to be transformed by the “new curriculum” introduced in 1952.
Frederick Clayton Waite, Western Reserve University,
The Hudson Era: A History of Western Reserve College
and Academy at Hudson, Ohio, from 1826 to 1882 (Western Reserve
University Press, 1943). WRC from its birth until its move to Cleveland in 1882, an event that deeply
affected its mission and future directions. Waite’s affection for the
institution is rivaled only by his knowledge of its ways.
Other information about Higher Education
American Association of University Professors. 1940. AAUP Statement of Principles. ASHE (American Society for Higher Education) Reader, pp. 562-567. Available on the web at http://www.aaup.org/statements/Redbook/1940stat.htm.
Vannevar Bush. 1945 (reissued in 1990). Science - The Endless Frontier. National Science Foundation. Available on the web at http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/nsf50/vbush1945.htm.
Clark Kerr. 2001 (5th edition). The Uses of the University. Harvard University Press.
Christopher J. Lucas, 1995. American Higher Education: A History. St. Martin's Press.
Sheila Slaughter and Larry L. Leslie. 1999. Academic Capitalism: Politics, Policies, and the Entrepreneurial University. Johns Hopkins University Press.