University Archives & Local History

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Hands on History: Reflections from an archive intern

By Saoirse Hahn (WU Class of 2018) on December 19, 2017

Spending the fall 2017 semester working with the American Civil Liberty Union of Missouri’s archived records has offered me a truly unique opportunity to examine the history of an American institution. The American Civil Liberties Union was present for almost the entirety of the twentieth c...

The Saint Louis Car Company

By Rose Miyatsu on November 29, 2017

If you have been anywhere near The Loop in the last two years, you cannot help but have heard about the Delmar Loop Trolley that is planned to begin operations in early 2018.  The project broke ground in March of 2015 and plans to restore the historic Delmar streetcar line that has been out of [&...

Student Group Time Capsule Saved in University Archives

By Sonya Rooney on November 17, 2017

            The Fossil Free Wash U student campaign has joined the national Sunrise Movement’s Climate Legacy Time Capsule Project.  Three students from the group brought the time capsule to University Archives today to be saved as part of their collection with instr...

WWI Collections: Colonel Leroy Robbins

By Rose Miyatsu on November 8, 2017

Exploring Missouri’s Involvement in WWI Through Leroy Robbin’s Scrapbooks   The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United State’s entry into WWI. Washington University in St Louis’s University Archives and Local History collections have an array of holdings that documen...

New North Entrance Now Open

By Rose Miyatsu on November 2, 2017

The North Side of Olin: Then and Now     This week we are pleased to announce the official opening of the new north entrance to Olin library. This additional entrance, first proposed by Ann Beha Architects in 2013, is perhaps one of the most anticipated features of the Olin reconstructi...

New Acquisition: Howard Nemerov Letters

By Rose Miyatsu on October 30, 2017

Washington University in St Louis has recently acquired a new set of letters written by Howard Nemerov, along with two early photos. Nemerov was a widely acclaimed author who published poetry, short stories, novels, essays, and criticism. He is best known for his poetry, which won him numerous aw...

Robert Frerck Photography Collection Now Available

By Rose Miyatsu on October 24, 2017

Robert Frerck Photography Collection Now Available Last year, Special Collections obtained a large collection of photograph transparencies and photographs taken by internationally acclaimed foreign travel photographer, Robert Frerck. Many of these photos were taken for Frerck’s photography compan...

Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis Is Now Online

By Miranda Rectenwald on October 11, 2017

http://library.wustl.edu/map-lgbtq-stl   Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis is a digital interactive map exploring how the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender, and queer communities have changed over time, from the end of World War II in 1945 through the passage of St. Louis city’s first gay an...

Hotch at 100: Growing Up In Saint Louis

By William Youngblood on October 9, 2017

This year marks the 100th birthday of author and Washington University alumnus A. E. Hotchner.  To help celebrate this milestone, Hotchner sat down with Washington University’s Steven Rosenblum in May 2017 for a wide-ranging conversation on his life, his career as a writer, and his friendsh...