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William K. Bixby Collection

William K. Bixby made significant donations of manuscripts, letters, and printed books to the Washington University Libraries. The Bixby Collection is a foundational part of Special Collections.

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LGBTQ+ History

Washington University Libraries joined the St. Louis LGBTQ+ History Project’s Collecting Initiative to ensure this history is preserved.

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Harry Wald Collection

The Harry Wald Collection is an assemblage of burlesque films largely from the 1930s to the 1960s.

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University Archives
Jan Taylor, president of the Association of Black Student’s program committee, stands speaking at a podium in front of a crowded Field House facility while introducing Assembly Series speaker Alex Haley in 1977.
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Assembly Series Lectures

The Assembly Series Lectures in University Archives is a collection of public lectures held at Washington University. The Assembly Series is Washington University’s signature lecture series that presents speakers to inspire discourse, complement curriculum, reflect contemporary interests, and engage the greater St. Louis community. The lecture series first began in 1949 before officially being established Read More

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D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library
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Rose O’Neill Collection

The Rose O’Neill Collection holds original artwork, Kewpie illustrations, and other published books, proofs, and tear sheet materials.

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