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Special Collections Research & Access

Quick guide for WashU students, faculty and staff, as well as community researchers

For non-WU affiliated researchers

  • All on-site patrons must follow University health and safety requirements, including but not limited to mask-wearing and self-screenings.

Special Collection Procedures

For the safety and preservation of the collections:

  • Store bags, coats, and any food/drink (including water bottles) in the provided closet
  • Use ONLY pencil when writing notes.
  • Keep all materials flat on the table, or in provided book rest
  • Ask the staff if you have any questions or concerns!

Read full policy here:

All researchers, both in-person and remote should use these forms 

  • paper copy can be printed and brought if visiting in-person; 
  • or pdf with electronic signature can be returned as email attachment to

Contact Info

Gargoyle on campus of owl reading book

Archive, Manuscript & Rare Book collections are accessed in Olin Library at the Special Collections reading room.

*HOURS:  Monday - Friday 9:00-5:00 by appointment

*LOCATION:  Olin Library, 1st floor, Danforth Campus


*collections stored offsite require advance notice for retrieval and use

Questions about a specific topic? Contact:

University Archives: Sonya Rooney

Rare Books: Cassie Brand

Manuscript: Joel Minor 

Local History: Miranda Rectenwald

Modern Graphic History Library: Skye Lacerte

Film & Media Archive: Andy Uhrich