University Archives & Local History

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...

Highlighting War Correspondent Martha Gellhorn

By Rose Miyatsu on March 8, 2018

For International Women’s Day, we are highlighting the work of international war correspondent Martha Gellhorn. Martha Gellhorn was born in St. Louis in 1908. Her mother, Edna Gellhorn, was a well-known supporter of women’s suffrage, and brought Martha with her to political events when she ...

Washington University Women During WWI

By Rose Miyatsu on March 5, 2018

In honor of Women’s History Month, we would like to honor the women of St.Louis, and particularly of Washington University, who aided in the war effort during WWI. Recording Women’s War Efforts Although women were not allowed to engage in combat at the beginning of the century, there ...

Exhibition: “Bride of the Desert: An Exploration of Palmyra”

By Rose Miyatsu on February 26, 2018

The exhibition: “Bride of the Desert: An Exploration of Palmyra” will be on display at The Sheldon, 3648 Washington Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO 63108, March 2 – April 21, 2018.  This exhibition includes some photographs from the Russell Sturgis Photograph Collection in University Archives and book...

Libraries receive $50,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation

By Jody Mitori on February 26, 2018

Funding will support the Libraries’ Modern Literature Collection and the digitization of student publications   Washington University Libraries have been awarded a $50,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman...

WWI Collections: Arthur Proetz

By Rose Miyatsu on February 19, 2018

Two weeks after the United States declared war on Germany in April of 1917, Dr. Fred Murphy of Washington University in St Louis Medical School got a call from the Surgeon General asking how soon he could have a hospital unit ready to go to Europe. Within a few weeks, Base Hospital 21, which had ...

Arthur Ernst Koelle Papers Now Available

By Rose Miyatsu on February 13, 2018

Thanks to the generosity of his daughters Susan Koelle Bell and Anne Koelle McCann, Washington University Libraries have recently acquired the papers of Arthur Ernst Koelle. Arthur Koelle was a St. Louis native, born in the city on June 27, 1901. In 1923, he graduated from Washington University i...

Call for Nominations – 2018 Trailblazers Award

By Rose Miyatsu on February 5, 2018

  Kick off Black History Month by nominating someone for the Trailblazers award! Nominations will be accepted until February 15 at 5:00 pm. The Washington University Trailblazers was established in 2016 to acknowledge, commemorate and celebrate the contributions Black alumni, faculty and sta...