University Archives

University Archives chronicles the history of Washington University in St. Louis from 1853 to today, with over 300 unique collections including campus publications, reports, photographic prints and negatives, books, film, sound recordings, oral histories, architectural plans, and artifacts.

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Reference services are located in the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections at Olin Library (Level 1) on the Danforth Campus. Appointments are encouraged.  Please contact us in advance (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu to ensure items are available for your use.

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Archived records of St. Louis area civic organizations, political figures,  architects, social activists, and community groups are found in the Local History Collections.

Topics such as jazz music, dramatic performance, entertainment, and other expressions of popular culture are located in the Popular American Arts & Culture Collections.

Literary manuscripts of notable authors who taught or studied at Washington University are found in the Modern Literature Collections.