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University Archives: Seals of WRU, Case, CWRU

Definition of "seal": an emblem, symbol, or word used to certify a signature or authenticate a document from an institution.

Western Reserve College/Western Reserve University



On March 2, 1826, the Western Reserve College trustees approved the design of a seal for the new school. Until that seal could be manufactured and delivered, the trustees, on March 3, 1826, adopted the crown and pillar side of a Spanish dollar as a temporary seal. This temporary seal was needed to approve the first official document of WRC, a contract between the new college and Colonel Lemuel Porter to construct the first campus building, Middle College, in Hudson.



This seal features a heart with an open book on it, with the Hebrew character "aleph," and the Greek character "omega," representing the Hebrew and Greek origins of Western thought. The date "A. D. 1826" refers to the year that WRC was established. The motto "Christo et Ecclesiae" is Latin for "For Christ and the Church."

On March 2, 1826, the WRC trustees approved the design of the new seal. It was reported at the WRC trustee meeting on August 27, 1827 that the new seal had arrived and was then to be the seal of the school.



This seal was adapted from the WRC seal, 1827-1882. In the band, the text "Adelbert College of Western Reserve University" replaces "Western Reserve College."

In fall 1882, WRC moved to Cleveland from Hudson and was renamed "Adelbert College of Western Reserve University." The seal was modified to reflect the change in the name of the institution.



This two inch seal resembles the seal of the State of Ohio in its use of the rising sun. "Lux" is Latin for "light."

The Medical Department, which had been part of WRC, refused to adopt the new name "Adelbert College of Western Reserve University." In response, Western Reserve University was incorporated in April 1884, and the Medical Department became part of it. Because Adelbert College of Western Reserve University and WRU were not part of the same corporation until 1941, a new seal had to be designed for WRU. At the January 7, 1885 Medical Department faculty meeting, a committee was appointed "to confer with the president and secretary of the [WRU] Board of Trustees as to the proper design of a seal and wording of the diploma and also to arrange to procure them." One month later, diplomas awarded by the Medical Department to the class of 1885 bore the new seal.



This seal is similar to the WRU seal, 1885-1932, except for some minor changes. The word "Cleveland" is added to the text in the outside band. Also, an inner band now surrounds the rays of the rising sun. The date "1826," which refers to the date of establishment of WRC, replaces the star.

At their meeting on April 27, 1932, the WRU trustees' Executive Committee approved the changes to the seal.

Case School of Applied Science / Case Institute of Technology



Like the WRU seal created in the same decade, this seal features a rising sun similar to the one found on the seal of the State of Ohio. "1880" is the year that the Case School of Applied Science was established, and "Cleveland, O." was the school’s location.

The Case trustees approved the seal at their November 7, 1882 meeting.



Similar to the previous seal, the word "The" appears before "Case School of Applied Science."

The Case corporation approved the changes at its October 22, 1925 meeting, and formally set the size of the seal at 2 1/4 inches. On October 19, 1932, the Case corporation approved the seal size to be reduced to 1 3/4 inches.



In the band, "Case Institute of Technology" replaces "The Case School of Applied Science."

Due to the change of the school’s name, the Case corporation approved the modified seal on July 25, 1947.

The seal was to be embossed on all diplomas, honorary degrees, identification cards, and official publications.

Case Western Reserve University



This seal combines elements of the Case and WRU seals, in particular the rising sun.

Case Western Reserve University was established on July 1, 1967, through the federation of WRU and Case. WRU president John S. Millis formed an advisory ad hoc committee to design a seal for the new University. Members included trustees, faculty, staff, and William Ward from the Cleveland Museum of Art. Millis presented the seal to the trustees of CWRU, who approved it at their first meeting on July 5, 1967.

In 1991, it was decided that use of the seal should be limited to formal and ceremonial functions. Because it was difficult to read, it would no longer appear on university stationery, publications, or advertisements.
Information was compiled by staff of the Case Western Reserve University Archives, November 2004.


1AA 1:2 Adelbert College of Western Reserve University. Catalogue (1883): cover
1H 2:4 Waite, Frederick. Western Reserve University: Cleveland Era: 12
24H 1:7 Waite, Frederick. Western Reserve University Centennial History of the School of Medicine (1946): 174-176
60H 2:7 Waite, Frederick. Western Reserve University: The Hudson Era (1943): 53-54
1WI 1:3 "Special Supplement to Campus News," Campus News, 3/21/1991
1WI 1:4 Memorandum, H. R. Young to Miss Stankard, May 1963
2JD 1:1 Minutes, Western Reserve College Board of Trustees, 3/2/1826
2JD 1:1 Minutes, Western Reserve College Board of Trustees, 3/3/1826
2JD 1:1 Minutes, Western Reserve College Board of Trustees, 8/29/1827
2KE 1:2 Minutes, Western Reserve University Board of Trustees Executive Committee, 4/27/1932
2ND 1:1 Minutes, CWRU Board of Trustees, 7/5/1967
19BE 1:1 Minutes, Case Trustees, 11/7/1882
19BE 3:1 Minutes, Case Corporation, 10/22/1925
19BE 3:1 Minutes, Case Corporation, 10/19/1932


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