The Second Century – A Great University

By Bianca Lopez, PhD candidate in History on January 25, 2013

Sometimes at the University Archives, materials appear without any clear indication of what it is or why it was made. Such was the case with a lone film reel entitled The Second Century. After combing through the Archives’ stacks, we can now surmise that the film was produced around 1954 as part ...

Beyond the 1960s: Documenting St. Louis’ Civil Rights History

By Miranda Rectenwald on January 17, 2013

While most American History textbooks focus on the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, in St. Louis (and in many parts of the US) the movement is much more complex. In recent years more historians have turned their attention to the years preceding and following the turbulent Sixties. Primarily due to th...

The Independent Western Sanitary Commission: From the Desk of William Greenleaf Eliot

By Bianca Lopez, PhD candidate in History on January 9, 2013

In June of 1861, the United States Congress created the U.S. Sanitary Commission, a government organization that would funnel funds and resources to army camps throughout the country, including Missouri. However, the Commission could not efficiently help camps near St. Louis, which remained in cr...

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

By Miranda Rectenwald on January 3, 2013

Happy New Year to all our fans and blog followers A snowy day on Washington University’s campus in 1976.