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Eugene O’Neill

Materials related to the life and work of Eugene O’Neill along with first editions of the playwright’s works located in Rare Books.

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Dowd Illustration Research Archive
A sketched drawing of individuals walking about a city with clothing reflecting a mid-19th century time period. The women all walk about as normal, but the men seem to be wearing horse blinders.
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Walt Reed Illustration Archive

The Walt Reed Illustration Archive is a comprehensive collection that includes over 200,000 magazine tear sheets, 8,000 magazines, 1,200 books, and approximately 150 original works by American illustrators from the late 19th century well into the mid 20th century.

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Film & Media Archive
Close-up on the "CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT" sticker labels on the film boxes.
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Jack Willis Collection

Documentary materials tackling racism, poverty, and environmental issues focusing on “unheard voices, unserved voices.”

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Business History

St. Louis-based company archives. Primarily added in the 1980s, business history is no longer a subject actively collected by the archives at Washington University.

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Film & Media Archive
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Educational Film Collection

Primarily contains academic and educational films from the 1960s and 70s along with supporting materials of teacher, study, and film guides.

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