Photos: Battelle Memorial Building in the 1960s; Theodore Roosevelt at McKinley cornerstone laying in 1902
Methodist bishop John Fletcher Hurst buys some 90 acres of farmland on which to build a nonsectarian national university.
The university incorporates as The American University under laws of the District of Columbia. Bishop Hurst is elected chancellor.
AU is chartered by Act of Congress.
Bishop Hurst breaks ground for College of History (Hurst Hall).
McKinley Building cornerstone is laid by President Theodore Roosevelt.
First class is admitted (28 students, including 4 women).
First class graduates.
College of Liberal Arts is established; 75 students enroll.
First undergraduate class of the College of Liberal Arts graduates.
Asbury Building is completed, the current home for the Department of Psychology.
Watkins Art Building opens.
Kreeger Music Building opens.
Beeghly Chemistry Building opens.
School of Education is established.
Department of Communication becomes School of Communication under the College of Arts and Sciences.
School of Communication becomes independent.
Battelle Building is renovated and becomes the new home of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre opens.
The Katzen Arts Center, housing the visual and performing arts departments, opens.
The American University Museum, housed in the Katzen Arts Center, hosts 18,000 visitors its first year.
New, state-of-the-art studios were opened in the Kreeger Building for the Audio Technology Program.
The building housing the Department of Language and Foreign Studies was dedicated as Jack Child Hall to recognize Professor Jack Child's commitment to the department.
The Department of Language and Foreign Studies is now the Department of World Languages and Cultures.