University Archives & Local History

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...

WWI Archives: Dan Bartlett’s Books

By Rose Miyatsu on November 8, 2018

A part of our continued remembrance of the 100 year anniversary of America’s involvement in WWI, today we will be highlighting some wonderful books from the Dan Bartlett Collection. About Lieutenant Dan Bartlett Dan Bartlett was still a junior at Washington University when he joined the Res...

Archives Month Staff Picks, Part 2: Famous Signatures

By Rose Miyatsu on October 25, 2018

October is Archives Month, and to celebrate, we’ve had some of our staff members in Special Collections pick an item from the collections they oversee that they feel is underused or underappreciated. In this post, we will look at autograph books from the Manuscripts Collection and a letter signed...

A Look at LGBTQ+ Periodicals

By Rose Miyatsu on October 23, 2018

As part of our continued celebration of LGBT History Month this October, we are highlighting a few of the historic local periodicals in Washington University Libraries’ LGBTQ+ Research Collection. The LGBTQ+ Research Collection, much of which comes from the St. Louis LGBT History Project, c...

Archives Month Staff Picks, Part I: Scrapbooks

By Rose Miyatsu on October 19, 2018

October is Archives Month, and to celebrate, we’ve had some of our staff members in Special Collections pick an item from their collections that they feel is underused, underappreciated, or just plain unusual. In this post, Part One of a series of staff picks, we will look at two very different e...

WWI Collections: Remembering Charles Duncker Jr.

By Rose Miyatsu on October 17, 2018

Today, October 17, is the 100 year anniversary of the death of Washington University alum Captain Charles Henry Duncker Jr., who was killed in battle while serving as the Captain of the 340th Field Artillery division during WWI.   The Life of Charles Duncker Charles Duncker Jr. was born in 1...

National Coming Out Day and the LGBTQ+ Research Collection

By Rose Miyatsu on October 12, 2018

Yesterday was National Coming Out Day, and to celebrate, we are highlighting one of our most extensive LGBTQ+ collections, the LGBTQ+ Research Collection. The History of National Coming Out Day National Coming Out Day was established in 1988 to encourage LGBTQ+ populations to come out to their fr...

October Is American Archives Month!

By Rose Miyatsu on October 5, 2018

Celebrate American Archives Month October is American Archives Month, established to draw attention to the important materials that are being preserved in library archives throughout the country. The new renovation to Olin Library has made Washington University Libraries’ archives even more...

WUSTL undergraduates Natalie Hilmer and Jordan Dubin stand with boxes from the archive.

Fall 2018 Interns Explore ACLU-MO History

By Miranda Rectenwald on October 5, 2018

Special Collections is happy to introduce Natalie Hilmer and Jordan Dubin, this semester’s ACLU-MO Archives Interns.   Natalie is working on providing better descriptions for boxes in Series 3 of the ACLU-MO Records, covering the 1940s-early 1980s.  Several of these files relate to vio...

LGBT History Month 2018 with rainbow graphic

LGBT History Month 2018

By Miranda Rectenwald on October 3, 2018

October is LGBT History Month — and a great opportunity to focus on how important events in October, and its predominate holiday Halloween, are to our local LGBTQ history. Miss Fannie’s Ball: A St. Louis Halloween tradition Starting in the late 1950s the Jolly Jesters social club orga...