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About WU Archives

This guide will help you navigate University Archives' more than 300 unique collections, most of which document the history of Washington University from 1853 to today. Other collections are related to 20th century St. Louis history.

Resources in University Archives

Primary sources are materials that were created by people who witnessed or were involved in events or during the time you are researching. They include items such as:     diaries   speeches    company records   photographs  artifacts

University Archives is full of primary sources,
including the items listed below, and much more.

1880 December Student Life 1953 Student LIfe               1903 Hatchet Yearbook

Materials from the 20th and 21st centuries are also collected. Pictured here are documents from the Mary Hester Papers, a Social Work Professor

Primary Sources: Documenting the Past