University Archives & Local History

“Momentum” Exhibit Now on Display in Olin Library

By Sonya Rooney on September 30, 2019

The inauguration of Andrew D. Martin as the 15th chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis is a historic moment. Many activities are planned for October 3. Go here for more information regarding the inauguration. One highlight of the occasion is Momentum: Bridging Past, Present, and Future...

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Race, HIV/AIDS, and Health Care Access in 1980s St. Louis

By Eliza Murray, graduate student in history at UMSL on August 14, 2019

In conjunction with programs at The Griot Museum of Black History, Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis is taking a closer look at the history of HIV/AIDS and sexual health in St. Louis.  This post by Mapping Project intern Eliza Murray focuses on the 1980s. In the mid-1980s, efforts to understand, treat, and...

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...