Department of Special Collections

Washington University Libraries’ Department of Special Collections is open to the public and welcomes researchers from both on campus and off. An active program of class visits, exhibitions, workshops, and public events highlight the Department’s vital role in scholarship at Washington University and beyond.

Construction at Olin Library – 2017-2018

Any researchers wishing to visit or access Special Collections during the Summer or Fall semester of 2017 and the Spring semester of 2018 are highly encouraged to contact Special Collections in advance to arrange their visit. Due to construction and preparing the collections to be moved extra time may be needed to fulfill researcher’s requests. Some collections may be temporarily unavailable during this time. For changes to parking on Washington University’s campus, see the information under Directions on our Research & Access page. Please contact us to arrange your visit.



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...

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 pape...