University Archives & Local History

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...

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...