Gustav F. Goetsch Papers

During the past few weeks we’ve been in the process of transferring a handful of collections related to Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts from the University Archives to the Modern Graphic History Library. While doing so, we realized that some of the artwork is too good not to share, so this is the first of a few posts about these collections. The collections are available to all, and we encourage you to visit the library if you’d like to see more.

Gustav F. Goetsch taught at Washington University’s School of Art from 1909 to 1914 and then from 1917 until his retirement in 1952. The Gustav F. Goetsch Papers contains artwork by Goetsch and his wife Hazel as well as biographical accounts. You can view the collection’s finding aid on our website.

Below are a few campus illustrations Goetsch created while teaching at the university. The captions link to the Danforth Campus Tour, where you’ll find more information about the buildings featured. Take a look and compare the drawings with more recent photos to see what’s changed and what hasn’t.


Brookings Hall from the quad

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Adolphus Busch Hall

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View from Forsyth Boulevard of Lee Hall and Graham Chapel

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McMillan Hall

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Ann M. Olin Women’s Building

About the author

Andrea Degener is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist in the department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.