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Benjamin Franklin University Collection

Identifier: 114

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of yearbooks and alumni and student books.


  • Creation: 1925-1964


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Conditions Governing Use

No known restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

The Benjamin Franklin University was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1925, and was a successor to Pace Institute. The University was based in Benjamin Franklin’s doctrine of thrift and self-reliance, and was aimed at students who worked full-time. After completing three years of courses in both accountancy, and business administration, students were eligible to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Science. The University also offered master’s degrees in Commercial Science. The University closed in August 1987 after the District’s accountancy board introduced new regulations for degrees which would require expanded liberal arts courses and additional full-time faculty members.
Although the University was open to women from its founding, Black students were barred from enrolling until 1964. By its closing in 1987 the University had graduated approximately 8,000 students. Those students enrolled when the University closed were granted reduced tuition at George Washington University to complete their degrees.


0.5 Linear feet

1 Boxes


Collection arranged without series.

Related Materials

Benjamin Franklin Univeristy records, RG0116, George Washington University:

Processing Information

Basic archival procedures were used at the time of processing.

Benjamin Franklin University
An inventory of Benjamin Franklin University at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by Lindsay Halkola.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, MLK Library Repository

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