About our Blog: University Archives

This blog’s articles are created by the staff and a team of student workers and interns at University Archives, Department of Special Collections, to highlight ongoing projects, programs, and highlight collections.  The blog was started in 2010  under the title Bears Repeating: History & Happenings from University Archives and in 2016 was migrated to the current platform.

University Archives supports scholarship in many academic fields by preserving and providing access to over 300 unique collections that chronicle the history of Washington University from 1853 to today, as well as related St. Louis history and architectural topics. The collections contain a wealth of primary sources and other historical materials that include manuscripts, photographic prints and negatives, books, film, sound recordings, microfilm, architectural plans, and artifacts.

Regular contributors to the blog include:

Sonya Rooney, University Archivist

Miranda Rectenwald, Curator of Local History

Undergraduate and graduate students who work and intern at the Archives.

Former contributors include:

Bill Holden, Special Projects Librarian

Meg Tuomala, Digital Archivist

Jennifer Kirmer, Digital Archivist



For general inquiries or to make a research appointment please email spec@wumail.wustl.edu or call (314) 935-5494

For questions about University history, please call  (314) 935-9730

For questions about Local History, please call (314) 935-5444

About the author

Miranda Rectenwald is Curator of Local History, Washington University Special Collections. More info.