University Archives & Local History

WWI Collections: The Roy Mackenzie Papers

By Rose Miyatsu on June 6, 2018

Sometimes faculty papers can hold hidden gems. W. Roy Mackenzie was a professor in the Washington University in the Department of English for 42 years beginning in 1918 and was considered by many to be the greatest authority on Shakespeare in America, but his papers hold more than just academic w...

The Newman Tower of Collections and Exploration

By Rose Miyatsu on May 24, 2018

At the beginning of this month, faculty, staff, alumni, current students, and friends of Washington University in St. Louis witnessed the re-dedication of Olin Library after a massive two-year reconstruction project. Those who have been on campus for the entirety of the project have been particul...

Summer City Seminar: A Compendium of the Divided City

By Alison Carrick on May 8, 2018

The 2018 Summer City Seminar: A Compendium of the Divided City will take place on May 10-11th. The third annual Summer City Seminar will feature numerous panels and presentations highlighting projects created from the Divided City Initiative. Washington University Libraries have collaborated on m...

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...