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Over the past several months, Special Collections & Archives (ZSR Library) has been creating and compiling (from numerous sources) a University Timeline documenting important events in Wake Forest history. Timeline entries were drawn from numerous historical sources and more recent timelines developed by students and faculty, with the hope of providing a unique window into the past. Major timeline categories include athletics, buildings, diversity, presidents, and student life, among others, which are also searchable. The top hundred selected entries appear automatically, and users can easily download the remainder.

Special thanks to Rebecca Petersen May (Public Services Archivist), Finley Trent (Archives Research Fellow, funded by the Office of the Provost), and Kevin Gilbertson (Web Services Librarian) for their work in making this incredible resource available to the campus community and beyond.

The timeline is continually being added to and revised, so if you would like to submit an important event or individual from WFU’s past for consideration, please let us know at