When planning for an event, such as a reunion, keep in mind the following:
► Start early to locate historic materials. We recommend allowing:
► Figure out which semesters correspond with the reunion's Class year:
► Consider scheduling an introduction session with archive staff. This can allow you to expalin your project, ask questions, and help new staff or student interns become comfortable with the process.
Where to start?
Yearbooks are one of the best places to start yoru research. Keep in mind that a yearbook was not published regularly after 1968, so this may not be an option for your event.
Next, consider checking the commencment issue of Student Life, published in late May or early June. Often this includes a "look back" type article re-capping the year's events. Some years, including 1998, also include a 4-year overview, going from freshman to senior year.
The first Washington University yearbook was given the title “The Hatchet” in reference to the story of George Washington chopping down a cherry tree. This name was used predominantly, although various editions were given different titles. Activities, events, and athletic information are sometimes found listed in the year or years following when it actually took place. Until approximately 1941 the yearbook was produced by the Junior class.
Note: No index exists for student newspapers. Options to access the issues include:
To find images, remember that photographs are by topic in broad categories and often only grouped by decade. Lists of these categories are available to consult before your visit (linked below):
Lists of years available are linked below. Contact University Archives to access these publications:
The University has produced a publication directed towards alumni since the early 1900s. The publication has changed name over time. It is currently called Washington University in St. Louis Magazine.
Check the finding aid for the list of volumes avaialble at University Archive in original format. Some issues are also available online.