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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.

Tobacco & Culture in University Archives

This guide is an overview of resources about the history & culture of tobacco products.  Yearbooks and other campus publications were heavily sponsored by cigarette, pipe, and tobacco ads. Images and documents about smoking as part of the campus / student culture are also available.

Collections from University Archives

Student Life Newspaper

Note: No index exists for student newspapers. Options to access the issues include:

School of Medicine - Becker Archives

A smoking machine used by Dr. Evarts Graham, of the WU School of Medicine, to test cancer risks in mice.

(Cover image from 1954 Alumni Bulletin)

cover 1954 Alumni Bulletin

Contact the Becker Archives at the WU School of Medicine for more information about this collection

Books on Advertising

Read more about the cultural history of advertising, all available at Olin Library.

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