University Archives & Local History

WWI Collections: The Washington University Memorial Association

By Rose Miyatsu on May 8, 2018

In 1919, after WWI had officially ended and troops had returned home, Washington University in St Louis decided to create a Memorial Association to document and record the University’s involvement in the war effort and of honor students, faculty, and graduates of the university who had served, an...

Lasting Legacies: Mary Wickes Collection

By Rose Miyatsu on May 1, 2018

In anticipation of the official opening of the newly transformed Olin Library on May 1, 2018, we would like to preview some of the new spaces and exhibitions. Lasting Legacies, the inaugural exhibition of the Thomas Gallery on Level 1 of John M. Olin Library, pays tribute to seven influential Was...

From Ridgley to Olin: The History of Wash U’s Library

By Rose Miyatsu on May 1, 2018

May 1 was the official Transformation Dedication of the newly renovated Olin Library, so we thought we would take this opportunity to have a look at the history of Washington University’s library. Ridgley Library This history begins in the late 1800s when Stephen Ridgley, a former State Sen...

Trailblazers Recognition Ceremony and Panel Discussion on May 2

By Sonya Rooney on April 30, 2018

You are invited to the Trailblazers Recognition Ceremony | The Black Manifesto at 50: Honoring Black Student Activism on Wednesday May 2, 6:00-8:00 pm, Washington University in St. Louis, Emerson Auditorium – Frick Forum, Olin School of Business, Throop Drive & Snow Way Drive, St. Louis...

Queer History in the Divided City: A New Approach to Digital Mapping

By Miranda Rectenwald on April 24, 2018

Published today: An article by Ian Darnell and Andrea Friedman on NOTCHES that discusses some impacts of the mapping project: http://notchesblog.com/2018/04/24/queer-history-in-the-divided-city-a-new-approach-to-digital-mapping/ Notches: (re)marks on the history of sexuality “is a peer-revi...

LGBTQ St. Louis on the Map

By Miranda Rectenwald on April 12, 2018

Happy 6 month anniversary to Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis! Online and freely available to everyone since October 2017, Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis  allows viewers to explore the locations and stories behind lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and queer life in St. Louis. Since the site’s public debut, t...

Transportation Innovations at the St. Louis World’s Fair

By Rose Miyatsu on April 10, 2018

On April 30th, 1904, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, also known as the St. Louis World’s Fair, officially opened its gates to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the historic Louisiana Purchase. Over the six months of the fair, over 19.7 million people from more than 60 countries would atten...

WWI Collections: Dan Bartlett

By Rose Miyatsu on April 4, 2018

Lieutenant Dan Bartlett When America entered WWI a century ago, many alumni and even current students at Washington University in St Louis joined the fight. Dan Bartlett was one such student. Bartlett joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1917 when he was still a junior at Washington Unive...

Campus Construction: Then and Now

By Rose Miyatsu on March 23, 2018

From the time the construction company Cope and Stewardson laid the cornerstone of the first buildings of the Danforth campus over a century ago to now, Washington University in St. Louis has undergone dozens of large construction projects to increase the size and scope of the University. The cur...

Highlighting Author and Activist Maya Angelou

By Rose Miyatsu on March 22, 2018

“While you’re in this fabulous institution, Washington University, I would encourage all of you – black and white, Asians and Hispanics, native Americans – to avail yourselves of the library. Study…learn some of the black American literature. It will stand you in good stead in years to come.” –Ma...