University Archives & Local History

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, ...

ACLU-MO Internship Presentations

By Rose Miyatsu on December 19, 2018

Last week, the ACLU-MO internship project celebrated the close of another semester with presentations from three student interns and an exhibit of some of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri Records. Lizzie Franclemont, who was the ACLU-MO project intern for Spring 2018, gave the first...

WWI Archives: Christmas at the Base Hospital

By Rose Miyatsu on December 11, 2018

As the holiday season approaches, we are wrapping up our year of remembrance of WWI with a look at life in the trenches at Christmas time with photographs and letters from the collection of Washington University alum Arthur W. Proetz in the University Archives. About Arthur Proetz and the Base Ho...

Impact HIV/AIDS Initiative Griot Museum

By Miranda Rectenwald on November 21, 2018

Washington University Libraries is one of several community partners joining The Griot Museum of Black History on the Impact HIV/AIDS Initiative — an arts and culture community awareness initiative  exploring the ongoing relationship between HIV/AIDS and the St. Louis region’s African-Ameri...

Intern Opportunity for Spring 2019

By Miranda Rectenwald on November 12, 2018

Do you want to do one-of-a-kind primary research for the greater good? Are you intrigued by historical work that can explain today’s current trends?  We are looking for student interns to work with the ACLU of Missouri’s archival collections at Washington University Libraries.  Intern...