FAQ for Researchers

* Please contact us in advance (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu to ensure collection materials are available for your use.*

Class form (to plan your visit)

We strongly encourage the use of the collections in support of teaching and learning.

Arrange a Class Visit
To make arrangements for a class visit or other study opportunities, contact our staff at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu

Please provide your name, the name of the class, a desired date and time for your visit, information about the sorts of materials you would like to have available, the approximate number of attendees, and whether you will require a data projector. We’ll be back in touch after checking on classroom availability. The classrooms are heavily used, so be sure to reserve early.

Class Format
The format is flexible: we encourage faculty or instructors to select the materials they would like to present in a classroom setting, or Archives staff can assist in selecting and introducing materials. Arrangements can be made for classes to be held in University Archives (in Special Collections, Olin Library on the Danforth Campus).  Archive staff is also available to make a presentation in your own classroom.

We are happy to show materials for single class visits or to put them on internal reserve for consultation in the reading room during normal hours of operation .

Approximately 25% of archive patrons who call, email, or visit the University Archives are WU staff members, searching for information related to the University’s 150-plus years of history.

Campus community projects using archives materials
Reunions staff from all academic divisions access campus yearbooks and historic photograph collections for invitations, facebook pages, event displays, memory books, and more.

Fund Development staff created thank you gifts for 2012-13 Annual Fund using the WUA collection “Names That Live.”

Campus architects and designers regularly consult archived plans and images when renovating or remodeling campus buildings.

EH &S Radiation Safety Division consulted the archives to determine when campus buildings were constructed, and therefore which might have hazardous emergency lights.

The Art on Campus Program is using the earliest campus architecture documents to provide historical perspective and background for the commissioned artists.

Public Affairs Newsroom staff works closely with WUA staff to locate historic images needed for outside media requests,generally needed on very short notice. The archives also regularly contributes to campus publications, such as this article honoring the life of Dean Burt Wheeler.

WUA archives the official records created by the Chancellor, and provide access for his office staff, and authorized researchers. A similar service is provided for the records of the Provost, Board of Trustees, Faculty Senate, and other offices.

Archives materials in celebrations of anniversary years, faculty milestones, and other events
Olin School of Business Anniversary and Capital Campaign

School of Law — Memories of Mudd Halland A celebration honoring faculty member David Becker

What We Believe: A History of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work: 1909-2007

These are just a few of the unique ways we can help. If you have any questions, or would like to visit the archives for a tour, please don’t hesitate to contact us.