Remembering Mary Wickes

By Sonya Rooney on October 18, 2016 in Special Collections, University Archives & Local History

We are remembering one of our alums,  Mary Wickes, who died on October 22, 1995 / 21 years ago this weekend. Mary Wickes was an alum of Washington University, graduating in  1930.  She went on to have a successful career as a character actress on stage, in movies, and on TV.  You may remember her in White […]

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New exhibit about Presidential Debates at Washington University in Olin Library

By Sonya Rooney on September 30, 2016 in Special Collections, University Archives & Local History, What's New

“Presidential Debates, Part of Washington University’s Legacy” is an exhibit by University Archives on display in Olin Library’s Grand Staircase Lobby through October 30, 2016. Washington University will host the second Presidential Debate on October 9, 2016, in a town hall meeting style. Hosting these debates has become part of the Washington University’s legacy. The […]

Join us for Research Studio Session “Exploring Historical Collections” 9/13

Washington University Libraries’ Special Collections contain exciting historical materials that are available to everyone. Join us on September 13 at Noon for this Research Studio session, where students will learn how to find and access these materials as well as get an overview of Special Collections holdings.     The session will include some hands-on […]

Pardon our dust – construction at Olin Library over the years

By Sonya Rooney on August 29, 2016 in Special Collections, University Archives & Local History

By Sonya Rooney, University Archivist Welcome back to campus and the first day of class. You have probably noticed the construction fence around Olin Library.  Construction started on May 23, 2016 and is scheduled to be finished by spring semester 2018.  For more information on the Olin transformation project click here.       On May […]

Trailblazers Recognition Ceremony 4/15/2016 5:30pm

By Sonya Rooney on April 12, 2016 in Special Collections, University Archives & Local History

Friday April 15, 2016 at Clark-Fox Forum in Hillman Hall. The purpose of Washington University Trailblazers is to acknowledge, commemorate and celebrate the contributions that Black alumni, faculty and staff have made to the institution and broader communities.  The initiative provides an opportunity for the university and local community to learn more about Washington University’s […]

Exhibition Talk: “Pulled from the Flames: The Remarkable Backstory behind ‘Round Trip’”

By Sonya Rooney on November 20, 2015 in University Archives & Local History

Please join us Thursday Dec. 3 at 4:00pm in Olin Library’s Ginkgo Reading Room for an exhibition talk relating to the exhibit “Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891.” Fifty years ago, a photo buff in Houston literally snatched the negatives of the Round Trip images from a bonfire, saving a precious piece of history for […]

Exhibition “Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891” opens Nov. 10 in Olin Library

By Sonya Rooney on November 9, 2015 in University Archives & Local History, What's New

The exhibition “Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891” features circular, black-and-white photographs taken by WU alums William Sachtleben and Thomas Allen, Jr. on their bicycle trip through Greece, Turkey, Persia (Iran), and the Russian Empire in 1891. On display in Olin Library’s Ginkgo Reading Room, the exhibit runs from November 10, 2015, through January 10, […]

Black Position Paper, 1968

By Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class of 2016 on September 17, 2014 in University Archives & Local History

As you read the following, as yourself: How much has changed at WashU since 1968? How much has not changed? What can we do to keep improving the safety and equality of students at our school? Excerpts from the Black Position Paper, December 6, 1968: The following statement is issued by The Association of Black […]

Fashion Design Program Records

By Jennifer Kirmer on September 10, 2014 in Art & Architecture, University Archives & Local History

The Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts includes a number of programs, including the Fashion Design Program. The records for this program are now available for all researchers at the Washington University Archives. These unique records have many visual elements that provide great insight to fashion at Washington University. The Fashion Design Program allows […]