St. Louis History

The Power of Student Activism

By Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class of 2016 on May 1, 2016

Activism led by Wash. U students has been alive and growing over the most recent years. However, it is important to realize that student activism has been a very important (and often glossed over) history of Washington University. Students of a Democratic Society was founded at Wash. U. in 1965 a...

Voices and Visions Of St. Louis: Past, Present, Future

By Miranda Rectenwald on April 8, 2016

The Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University and Harvard University Graduate School of Design hosted a three day conference March 30-April 1, 2016 focused on St. Louis : Past, Present, and Future. The program aimed “to explore and debate issues of injustice, inequality, and racial ...

The WWI Diary of Captain Levi H. Fuson of Base Hospital 21

By Miranda Rectenwald on June 4, 2015

From Missouri Over There: Exploring Missouri’s Role in WWI: “In 1915, Levi H. Fuson was one of 29 to graduate from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Of the 29 graduates, 24 went on to serve in World War I as commissioned medical officers. Fuson was t...

May 6, 1970

By Miranda Rectenwald on May 6, 2015

May 2015 marks an important anniversary in the history of America’s war in Viet Nam, and the counterculture protests that occurred across the United States, and especially on college campuses — including the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. This image (below) of four stud...

A Thin Black Line

By Miranda Rectenwald on April 8, 2015

One of the beautiful things about archive collections are the serendipitous moments when you just happen upon something.  That was the case for how I came across this letter from Eleanore Roosevelt, written to her good friend in St. Louis. Dated May 18, 1945 the letter is typed on mourning statio...

Season’s Greetings

By Sonya Rooney on December 23, 2014

Season’s Greetings from Jen, Miranda, and Sonya at University Archives.

A Woman to be Celebrated: Edna Gellhorn

By Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class of 2016 on November 12, 2014

Edna Fischel Gellhorn (1878-1970) worked as an active member of the Women’s Central Committee on Food Conservation, Consumer’s Milk Commission, Smoke Elimination Committee, American Association of University Women, United Nations Association, the National Municipal League, St. Louis U...

Using Visual Primary Sources

By Miranda Rectenwald on October 29, 2014

A close visual “reading” of photographs and other visual materials is an excellent activity for students of all levels, from K-12 to higher education.  This focuses students on seeing what is there (and not there) and then considering critically what it means — this could be  do...

Some Sidelights on the Steedman Fellowship, its Benefactors and its Beneficiaries

By Esley Hamilton, architectural historian on September 3, 2014

An entertaining article about Victor Gilbertson appeared in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of The Confluence, the regional studies journal of Lindenwood University.  ” ‘Everything May Yet Turn Out All Right’: An Architect’s Adventures in 1939-40 Europe,” by Miranda Rectenwald, tells how G...

A Fair 4th of July

By Miranda Rectenwald on July 4, 2014

St. Louis & a Fair 4th of July Fireworks, parades, and fair festivities have a long history in St. Louis, although for much of the 19th century the largest events were held in the Fall, rather than the height of summer.   And while today’s Fair St. Louis parade and events are held ...