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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.
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The Washington University Archives is comprised of more than 300 unique collections. 
Univeristy Archives is open to all members of the University community: undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff; as well as to outside researchers.

Most collections chronicle the history of Washington University from 1853 to the present day.  These collections include papers and artifacts relating to student, faculty, and administrative life. Examples include:

  • student produced publications eg. student newspaper Student Life  (1878-present) and The Hatchet yearbook (1903-present)
  • professional & personal papers of faculty members such as Arthur Holly Compton
  • writings of University co-founder William Greenleaf Eliot    
Other collections relate to 20th century St. Louis history, with a focus on:
  • business
  • transportation
  • politics
  • social welfare
  • urban planning
  • architecture

 For more information about University Archives and our collections, please visit our homepage.


We are located at the West Campus Library, 1/2 mile west of the Danforth Campus. Forsyth Metrolink stop is close to us. Get directions to University Archives.

Our street address:
Washington University Archives
West Campus Library
7425 Forsyth Blvd., Lower Level
St. Louis, MO 63105

Our mailing address:
Washington University Archives
Olin Library
One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1061
St. Louis, MO 63130


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    People are often surprised to hear of the varied way that University Archive collections are put to use.  Explore some of the many ways ...  Read more ...

    Contact Archive Staff


    Sonya Rooney: 
    314-935-9730 | e-mail

    Miranda Rectenwald: 
    314-935-5444 | e-mail

    West Campus Library

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    Hours M-F 8:30-5:00  *call or e-mail before you visit please!*


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