New and Notable: New Finding Aids – Fall 2013

We’ve been working hard to make several of our new and existing collections accessible. You can now search each of the finding aids for the following collections.

Fred R. Hammond Collection

The Fred R. Hammond Collection includes drawings, photographs, and other images of architectural projects built on the Washington University Campus by the firm of Hammond, Charle, Burns and Le Pere, Architects and Planners, as well as its predecessor firms including Cope and Stewardson. Of particular interest is a notebook of sketches and photographs of gargoyles from across the Washington University Danforth Campus.

Jane Loevinger Papers

This collection focuses on Jane Loevinger’s time in St. Louis, as a professor at Washington University and her work in the field of ego development. Loevinger’s earlier professorship at UC Berkeley is also represented in the collection, to a lesser extent. Jane served as a founder of a new form of study in the field of ego development, a figure for women in the field of psychology and is recognized in her papers, and the documents in the collection

Evening Whirl Newspaper Collection

This collection includes issues of the Evening Whirl Newspaper, ranging from 1955 through the present. Benjamin Thomas began publishing Night Whirl in 1938, a weekly newspaper covering music and entertainment for the black population of St. Louis.  Within a year Thomas changed the name to Evening Whirl and began covering crime in St. Louis.  He reported on many crimes that other local newspapers did not cover.  Thomas wrote, edited, and published the paper himself until he retired in 1995.  At that time, his two sons took over the publication.  The newspaper continues today as the St. Louis Metro Evening Whirl and continues to cover crime as well as St. Louis area news and entertainment.

Steedman Fellowship in Architecture Competition Records

This collection contains material from 1925 to 2012.  Awards were given every year except the following: 1926, 1934, 1941, 1943-1948, 1951-1952, 1955, 1975-1977, and 1989.  After 1988 the Governing Committee decided to make the Fellowship biennial in order to provide more financial resources for the year of foreign travel.  There was no winner awarded in 1926, the first year of the Competition, because the jury felt that the competitors failed to grasp the purpose of the program and had not presented an acceptable Architectural composition.  So in 1927 two winners were awarded.  Some of these disruptions were due to national historical events, such as World War II.

John W. Bennett Papers

John W. Bennett was founder and first chair of the Department of Anthropology at Washington University. He died in St. Louis on February 1, 2005, at the age of 89. Bennett earned a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1946. He taught sociology and anthropology at Ohio State University and started as professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis in 1959. He was one of the co-founders of a separate Department of Anthropology in 1967 and became its chair in the same year, continuing to serve in that capacity for 20 years. In 1987 he became Distinguished Anthropologist in Residence. Bennett’s scholarly work spanned many fields ranging from archeology, sociology, East Asian studies, government and academic services, and ecological and agrarian development. In his later career, he focused on studies of American Indian groups, the social practices of Hutterites, and Euro-Canadian-American settlements.

Harry Brookings Wallace Papers

Harry Brookings Wallace had a long history with Washington University.  It started with his uncle, Robert S. Brookings, and continued with Wallace becoming a board member, a president and acting chancellor of the university.  The collection documents Harry Brookings Wallace’s work with the university, and his roles in St. Louis business history.  The materials in the collection include correspondence, publications, personal materials, photographs, and scrap books.

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