Corporate Colleges of St. Louis University (Webster University Archives)

The description below provides some basic information about the origin of the collection, the materials available, and any restrictions in use that are in place. Note that the list of materials may not be complete as items may be added to the archives throughout the year. Use of the Webster Archives is by appointment only. See our Planning a Visit page for more information. If you have questions, contact the archives staff.


Collection description

Administrative/Biographical History: The Corporate Colleges of St. Louis University, of which Webster College was a member, was announced in 1925. It included Webster, Maryville, and Fontbonne Colleges, and some Catholic junior colleges.


The arrangement was based on one at Oxford University. In practical terms, it meant that students from the corporate colleges would have many of the same privileges as those of St. Louis University students, including the ability to enroll in some university classes, participate in events such as prom and club meetings, and to take part in the university's commencement ceremony.


The Corporate Colleges were governed by a board made up of representatives from member colleges as well as St. Louis University. The organization was dissolved in 1957 for various reasons, such as confusion among the public and the desire by the colleges to assert their individual identities.


Scope/Content: Contains primarily source documents and a few clippings, as well as minutes from the Administrative Board for several years.


Conditions of Access and Use: The collection is open for research use by appointment only.


Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Copyright restrictions may apply.


Languages and Scripts of the Material: Materials entirely in English.




3 women's colleges abandon affiliation with St. Louis U. (1958, January 17). St. Louis Post-Dispatch, vol. 80, no. 16, p. 3A.


Dr. Donovan Vice-President of Corporate College Board. (1942, June 2). The Web, vol. 18, no. 12, p. 1.


Eight Catholic colleges unite with St. Louis U. (1925, December 20). St. Louis Post-Dispatch, vol. 78, no. 104, p. 1.


Official approval given Corporate College plan. (1928, April 17). The Web, vol. 4, no. 9, p. 4.