University Archives & Local History

Marching with Pride

By Miranda Rectenwald on June 21, 2019

In honor of #Stonewall50, Pride month, and to help add facts to the conversation in St. Louis, check out this online timeline local Pride of milestones. 

Washington University Commencement: Trivia and Traditions

By Julie Hale on May 15, 2019

Commencement fever is in the air! Washington University has come a long way since its first Commencement ceremony, which took place in 1862 and featured five graduates. Fast-forward a century-and-a-half or so: in 2017-2018, the university awarded a total of 4,664 degrees, including 2,836 graduate...

The ACLU’s work in Focus: Reflections from an Internship

By Andrew Celli (WU Class 2021) on May 14, 2019

Reflections The history of the ACLU of Missouri is the history of St. Louis – and, as the old saying goes, history repeats itself. In 2014, police in St. Louis and the neighboring municipalities attained national notoriety. The police shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent Department of Justice...

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy at Washington University

By Alison Carrick on April 4, 2019

On the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, we’d like to celebrate his legacy and highlight some of the resources available in Washington University Libraries’ Special Collections. In 1957 Martin Luther King, Jr. visited St. Louis and spoke at t...

Reflections on Roger Baldwin and WashU

By Jordan Dubin (WUSTL Class of 2019) on February 6, 2019

by Jordan Dubin, WUSTL Class of 2019 As an intern helping compile the ACLU of Missouri’s history, one of my tasks involved learning more about Roger Nash Baldwin and his work in St. Louis from 1906 until he left for New York City in 1917.  Baldwin would use this experience in Missouri to ev...

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

By Miranda Rectenwald on February 5, 2019

In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, The Griot Museum of Black History is hosting a series of events Saturday February 9, 2019.   As part of The Griot’s observance of Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Erise Williams and De Nichols will come together to discuss their mir...

LGBTQ history and Black History Month

By Miranda Rectenwald on February 5, 2019

The Zebra Lounge is one of  800+ locations connected to LGBTQ history that are documented online in  Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis.  In the 1980s the popular gay men’s bar advertised with a motto “a beautiful blend of Black and White.” This was more than a clever advertising play on t...

Mary Wickes, the First Mary Poppins

By Sonya Rooney on January 11, 2019

Did you see the new movie “Mary Poppins Returns” starring Emily Blunt?  Have you seen the 1964 “Mary Poppins” starring Julie Andrews?  Did you know that WU alum Mary Wickes played the first Mary Poppins in a one-hour live ‘Studio One in Hollywood’ presentation on CBS on December 19, 1949?  Well, ...