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How can we help you?

Approximately 25% of archive patrons who call, email, or visit the University Archives are WU staff members, searching for information related to the University's 150-plus years of history.

Here are just a few recent examples of how the campus community benefits from working with the Washington University Archives (WUA):

Reunions staff from all academic divisions access campus yearbooks and historic photograph collections for invitations, facebook pages, event displays, memory books, and more.

Fund Development staff created thank you gifts for 2012-13 Annual Fund using the WUA collection "Names That Live."

Campus architects and designers regularly consult archived plans and images when renovating or remodeling campus buildings.

EH &S Radiation Safety Division consulted the archives to determine when campus buildings were constructed, and therefore which might have hazardous emergency lights.

The Art on Campus Program is using the earliest campus architecture documents to provide historical perspective and background for the commissioned artists.

Public Affairs Newsroom staff works closely with WUA staff to locate historic images needed for outside media requests, generally needed on very short notice. The archives also regualrly contributes to campus publications, such as this article honoring the life of Dean Burt Wheeler.

University Administration:
WUA archives the official records created by the Chancellor, and provide access for his office staff, and authorized researchers. A similar service is provided for the records of the Provost, Board of Trustees, Faculty Senate, and other offices.

Schools and departments find the archives very useful as they celebrate anniversary years, faculty milestones, or other special events:

Olin School of Business Anniversary and Capital Campaign

School of Law -- Memories of Mudd Hall and A celebration honoring faculty member David Becker

What We Believe: A History of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work: 1909-2007

Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology publication (forthcoming 2013)

These are just a few of the unique ways we can help your office.

If you have any questions, or would like to visit the archives for a tour, please don't hesitate to contact us.