Special Collections & University Archives

Vanderbilt University History

Cornelius Vanderbilt

Tales of the Commodore: Cornelius Vanderbilt at 200
Reflection on the life on Cornelius Vanderbilt by GayNelle Doll. Reprinted courtesy of The Vanderbilt Magazine.

In Memoriam: Cornelius Vanderbilt
Memorial publication regarding the death of Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1877. Includes the text of the memorial sermon delivered by Bishop Holland McTyeire.

History and Campus Life

Information on the history of the university and a glimpse of campus life in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Vanderbilt University Publications

Browse early Vanderbilt University publications including the first yearbook, class catalogs, and early student newspapers.

The Fugitives and Agrarians

Learn more about the two literary movements which started on the Vanderbilt campus in the 1920s.

 Note: Some of these publications are in Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF) format.