The late President Louis Toepfer was fond of noting that "Case Western Reserve University has more opportunities than most to celebrate its history." In this spirit, we offer a beginning collection of the stories of Case Western Reserve University, an institution with one of the most fascinating histories in all of higher education. More stories will follow, including a complete, updated history in 2006-07.
The texts presented here are not yet drafts of an official history of the University, but rather preliminary summaries of interesting topics that may be featured in the formal updated history when it is published. The information contained in these vignettes has been drawn from some of the scores of interviews completed thus far.
While we're hard at work on a new and updated history of the University, we also want to bring to your attention the excellent volume, Case Western Reserve: A History of the University, 1826-1976, by the late Clarence H. Cramer, who was a noted historian and longtime professor and dean at this institution. The book is out of print, but it can be found at many libraries and used bookstores.
If reading these vignettes prompts you to think of stories about the university's past that you feel would be of interest to this project, we invite you to be in touch with us. You can reach us at:
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