Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections

Foundations: Establishing Brandeis, 1948-1952

The first class at Brandeis, posing for a group photo in 1948.

The first class at Brandeis University 1948. [University Photography Collection]

“Foundations: Establishing Brandeis University, 1946-1952” is an exhibit of evidence that illustrates the activities surrounding the establishment of the first Jewish-sponsored, non-sectarian university in America

The items presented are meant to provoke interest in the early history of the school and in the use of primary materials. This exhibit cannot possibly tell the whole story. This online version contains photographs, documents, and text that were included in the original exhibit. The Archives holds many more materials that document the founding of Brandeis University. For further information please feel free to speak to the Archives staff or consult A Host at Last by Abram L. Sachar or Brandeis University by Israel Goldstein.