Autumn in St. Louis

By Miranda Rectenwald on October 31, 2012

Autumn colors on campus in the 1980s Step back in time and check out more images from University Archives — browse the “Look Back At WU History” on-line photo album.

Slavery & Abolition: From the Desk of William Greenleaf Eliot

By Bianca Lopez, PhD candidate in History on October 28, 2012

Although William Greenleaf Eliot was a moderate abolitionist, he frequently practiced anti-slavery activism in St. Louis. His primary form of protest was to use his personal funds to buy slaves and then set them free. This policy demonstrates his belief in gradual emancipation, which, rather than...

Archives Month: Celebrating LGBT History

By Miranda Rectenwald, Archives Assistant on October 17, 2012

With October  serving as both “American Archives Month” and  “LGBT History Month” this is the perfect time to announce a new on-line research guide about Washington University and St. Louis LGBT History.   The guide lists numerous primary sources available at University Ar...

Safe and Sound: Tips for Preserving Digital Audio Files

By Meg Tuomala, digital archivist on October 12, 2012

This post is the third in a series where University Archives’ digital archivist, Meg Tuomala, will explore practical tips for archiving your own personal digital materials. This post also coincides with the 2012 Day of Digital Archives– learn and read more here. Our music collections are th...

“Rebel City in a Rebel State”: From the Desk of William Greenleaf Eliot

By Bianca Lopez, PhD candidate in History on October 11, 2012

In the fall of 1861, the escalating Civil War had thrown Missouri into turmoil. As a border state that remained in the Union yet one that continued to practice slavery, Missouri was in a complicated position. Union general John C. Frémont had declared martial law, and soon all property, including...

MGHL’s Exhibit Thrill Seekers at Olin Library

By MGHL Staff on October 4, 2012

MGHL’s exhibit Thrill Seekers: The Rise of Men’s Magazines opens today at Washington University’s Olin Library. The exhibit charts the growth of men’s magazines from the 1940s to the 1960s, and highlights original artwork, tear sheets, and whole issues of Esquire, Playboy,...

Dissent and Entertainment at WUSTL’s Presidential and Vice-Presidential Debates

By Bianca Lopez, PhD candidate in History on October 3, 2012

Many of you may not know that Washington University was chosen to host a presidential or vice presidential debate every election cycle between 1992 and 2008, and besides the cancelled 1996 debate, each one came to fruition. All were spearheaded by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a non-pro...