Julian Edison Department of Special Collections

Washington University Libraries’ Julian Edison 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.

Starting September 14th, 2020, The Julian Edison Department of Special Collections will provide remote instruction and limited in-person access for faculty and student researchers with a valid Washington University ID.

  • Research visits are by appointment only and will be limited to one patron at a time. Special Collections staff will schedule appointments after the completion of a virtual consultation. Please contact the respective curator/archivist to arrange your virtual reference consultation. Upon receipt of your inquiry, the curator/archivist will get back to you as soon as possible to schedule a virtual reference consultation.
  • If an in-person visit is deemed necessary after the virtual reference consultation, an appointment will be scheduled by Special Collections staff.  Reservations are in 50-minute blocks and are limited to 2 consecutive blocks (totaling 1 hour, 50 minutes of research time).  Appointments will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • All on-site patrons following University health and safety requirements including mask-wearing, physical distancing, and self-screening.

Special Collections will continue to fulfill virtual reference requests and inquiries to the extent possible. However, we cannot guarantee that all requests can be filled at this time.

Special Collections is located in John M. Olin Library – Level One

Please contact us to arrange your visit or with reference questions:

phone: (314) 935-5495 | text:(314) 309-3411 | spec@wumail.wustl.edu

Julian Edison Department of Special Collections
Washington University Libraries
One Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1061
St. Louis, MO 63130

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