University Archives & Local History

Campus Construction: Then And Now Fall 2018

By Rose Miyatsu on September 19, 2018

Construction teams were hard at work on campus this summer, and those of you returning to Danforth this semester will have already noticed that several new structures have popped up on campus in the East End. To celebrate this progress, we thought it was about time for another installment of our ...

WWI Collections: Wartime Recipes from the Gellhorn Papers

By Rose Miyatsu on September 4, 2018

Looking for some new and unusual recipes to try this fall? You might find some unexpected inspiration in Washington University Archives’ WWI collections. Edna Gellhorn, a civic leader, reformer, and St. Louis native, was very involved in in the Women’s Central Committee on Food Conser...

Celebrating Labor Day with the Sentner Papers

By Rose Miyatsu on September 1, 2018

In celebration of Labor Day this Monday, we are highlighting the extensive and drama-filled collection of radical local labor organizer William Sentner, who fought hard to establish a livable wage in the midst of the Great Depression. Sentner, a St. Louis native, led District 8 of the United Elec...

WWI Archives: Washington University’s War Contribution

By Rose Miyatsu on August 6, 2018

In early May of 1917, over 100 students from Washington University were already preparing to leave their campus behind to serve the war effort in France. A program printed around this time, preserved in the Washington University Archives’ W. Roy Mackenzie Papers, lists the University’...

ACLU-MO Archive Internship Fall 2018

By Miranda Rectenwald on August 1, 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...

WWI Archives: Edna Gellhorn and Food Conservation

By Rose Miyatsu on July 11, 2018

During WWI, America sent nearly two million people overseas to fight in Europe, but the war also had a tremendous impact on the lives of those who stayed behind in the United States. The Washington University Archives’ Edna Gellhorn Papers highlight some of the ways everyday life was altere...

Finding the ‘L’ in ‘LGBTQ’: Part 2

By Jackie Feldman on June 27, 2018

In celebration of Pride Month, the Special Collections Blog is highlighting a few of Washington University Libraries’ collections that are related to LGBTQ issues and activism. The following is a continuation of a guest post by Wash U undergraduate Jackie Feldman, who researched a Washington Univ...

Finding the ‘L’ in ‘LGBTQ’: Part 1

By Jackie Feldman on June 27, 2018

In celebration of Pride Month, the Special Collections Blog is highlighting a few of Washington University Libraries’ collections that are related to LGBTQ issues and activism. The following is a guest post by Wash U undergraduate Jackie Feldman, who researched a Washington University lesbi...

Newman Exhibit: The St. Louis Browns

By Rose Miyatsu on June 25, 2018

Olin Library’s newly completed Newman Tower of Collections and Exploration spotlights objects from the Washington University Libraries’ Julian Edison Department of Special Collections as well as loaned artifacts and exhibits curated by students and faculty. In an effort to showcase some of our ci...

Information Privacy and the ACLU-MO Archives

By Miranda Rectenwald on June 7, 2018

Information privacy and access to information — on computers, in government records, by news outlets — is not a new concern in our nation.  This is one of the main messages Lizzie Franclemont found while working as the ACLU of Missouri’s archive intern. Spring 2018 Intern Majori...