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Michael W. Friedlander Papers

Professor Michael W. Friedlander is smiling at the camera in front of a backdrop of pinned notecards and papers.

Washington University professor of physics Michael W. Friedlander (1928-2021) led a life dedicated to his family and students at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to his outstanding commitment to his family and students, Friedlander was passionate about his research and protecting the greater St. Louis community. For nearly six decades, Friedlander educated, challenged, and inspired the lives he touched, and his efforts helped shape history locally and nationally.

The Michael W. Friedlander Papers in University Archives contain a broad range of materials, including correspondence and publications, course content and teaching materials, research-related information and photographs, and a variety of audiovisual materials related to Washington University, its Physics Department, and the life and work of Michael Wulf Friedlander.

Related Exhibition

“Reaching New Heights: The Life and Legacy of Michael W. Friedlander” exhibition celebrates Friedlander’s career and legacy and will be displayed in the John M. Olin Library, Level 1, Julian Edison Department of Special Collections Reading Room, May 27 – September 17, 2023.

Graduate Research Assistant Emily Alberts organized the exhibition in partnership with the Museum Studies Heritage and Public History program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Access these Materials

Processing of the Michael W. Friedlander Papers is still under way. The Papers will be included with the University Archives Collections on Archives Space.

Plan Your Visit


Special Collections Management, Special Collections Services
Sonya Rooney
Job Title
University Archivist
Phone Number
(314) 935-9730