New and Revised Finding Aids

By Meg Tuomala, Digital Archivist; updated by Miranda Rectenwald, Archives Assistant on June 29, 2012

Below you’ll find a list of the finding aids University Archives has created or revised since July 2011. A finding aid is an access tool that describes the contents of an archival collection, contains historical information about the person or organization that created the records contained in th...

What students did before the iPod….

By Miranda Rectenwald on June 26, 2012

Students enjoying some tunes in the Olin Library A/V department, 1968. From the Photographic Services Collection (Buildings Series) at University Archives. Check out more WUSTL History images on the Library’s Facebook Page.

Illustrator Spotlight: Harold von Schmidt

By MGHL Staff on June 21, 2012

This week we’re featuring the work of Harold von Schmidt, one of the most successful and important illustrators of the mid-twentieth century. The details of the illustrator’s early life read almost like fiction: Born in California in 1893, von Schmidt was orphaned at age 5. After a ye...

Travel Grant Recipient’s discussion on Urban Redevelopment Policy in St. Louis

By Sonya Rooney, University Archivist, and J. Terrence Farris, WU Department of Special Collections Travel Grant Recipient on June 20, 2012

As archivists we always wonder how do researchers use the materials they find in the archives?  And what do they learn from these documents?  Dr. J. Terrence Farris in Clemson University’s School of Planning, Development, Preservation and Landscape Architecture shared his experience researching a...

Bears Repeating – A Brief History of Washington University’s Bear

By Bianca Lopez, PhD candidate in History on June 14, 2012

The history of the Washington University mascot, the Bear, is colorful in its own right, and intertwined with that of its home institution. Since the Bear’s beginnings, university athletic teams, fraternities, and administration have all had a hand in shaping its appearance and function. When dig...

Illustrated Letters in the MGHL Collections

By MGHL Staff on June 7, 2012

Sometimes words aren’t always enough: This week we’re featuring a handful of illustrated letters from the MGHL collections. Playful, affectionate, and humorous, the letters reveal not only something about the writer/artist, but also the relationship between him/her and the recipient. ...